I’m Organic co-founders Judy and Jill disagree over the meaning of a recent article in the New York Times. Discussion follows…
Having lived this long, I know that there is always resistance to change, but I was still disappointed to read an op-ed piece in the New York Times yesterday titled, “12 Rms, 8 Bths, 38 Wind Turbines By RICK MORANIS I’m just so incredibly excited about the idea of having our whole co-op reduce its carbon footprint.”
It is written as if from a member of a co-op building on Park Ave. to the board of directors. It refers to “harvesting rainwater immediately” by using eminent domain to take over the occupants’ terraces; hanging their laundry from the cable lines; putting wind turbine generators on the roof to light the play room, and replacing imported flowers with worm farm/herb planters, and, of course changing the light bulbs. There’s more, if you want to read it.
It is quickly apparent that it is a sarcastic attempt at humor about the suggestions many people have of reducing our carbon footprint. I love a good laugh more than most people, but this unfunny article reveals a lack of conscience and/or belief that it is true that the ice caps are melting and we will all be affected by the climate change that is the result.
We do have to take responsibility for the fact that our lifestyles are seriously harming the place we live and we have to make some changes. Changing our light bulbs can make an impact and it’s easy and will save us money too. I don’t think climate change can be stopped without government regulations of the major polluters, so along with the steps we can take, we must put pressure on our government to make these changes, with our calls and emails, our votes and the power of our pocketbooks.
I liked best what Al Gore had to say about us not going from denial to despair, but moving into action instead; that there is still hope. Lets spread that hope and inspire others into action.
What do you think?
While I agree that we need to spread hope and inspire others into action, I read the articled by Rick Moranis in a different way. I thought it was funny, as in chuckle at ourselves funny, not really laugh out loud funny. It seems like a ‘sign of the times’ article. Whether Rick Moranis is serious about the environment or not, I don’t know. But, it is true that change is happening, that it’s become fashionable to be green, and that some solutions may sound a little funny at first. Moranis pushed this point to the extreme to be silly and show us how serious some people have gotten over this issue. Was he laughing AT us? I guess it depends if we laugh at ourselves sometimes, then maybe he was laughing with us.
What you YOU think?