Going Green vs. Fighting Climate Change: Do they differ?

October 20, 2009

On one of the blogs I follow the author wrote about Climate Change and people she knows who don’t believe (Retro Housewife Goes Green: Does Climate Change Really Matter?).  The gist is that belief in global warming is not a prerequisite for behaving in an environmentally conscious way.  I agree with her whole heartedly and added this comment to her blog post (with a few edits and additions):

Hear Hear! I’m not sure I can think of one thing that is good for fighting climate change that isn’t “green” or one thing that is “green” that isn’t good for fighting climate change. On top of that, a goodly number of “green” activities and “fighting climate change” activities (reducing energy consumption, reducing petroleum product use, reducing fossil fuel use and emissions) cost us as individuals *less* money and reduce the US dependence on foreign oil – those should be songs to a right wing conservative’s heart.

Granted, some things (buying sustainable, organic, local, and ethical) can cost more immediately – but they are good for us, individually (physically and spiritually) and globally (climate, environmental health, and social consciousness)…

I don’t understand a refusal to behave even the least  bit in an environmentally sound way. Yes, it is perfectly possible that the climate science data is being misinterpreted and won’t result in the expected climate change.  But that doesn’t change the fact that emissions are polluting the air, [picapp src=”5/7/9/1/Nitrogen_Oxide_Levels_0ea4.jpg?adImageId=6258683&imageId=4785935″ width=”500″ height=”333″ /]

our practices are fouling our soil and water, animal species are going extinct at an alarming rate, and the chemicals in our household goods and products are making us sick.  And whether global climate change is occurring or not doesn’t change the fact that we waste money when we waste energy.

So go ahead and poo-poo those who believe in global warming.  Even if you’re right we’re still in a  heap of trouble.



  1. Thanks for linking to me and this is a great post!

    • I’d been tossing ideas around about green vs. climate change and your post helped me get a bit more organized – so thank you!

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