We are ALL Dr. Babooner
Dear Dr. Babooner,
I admit I have earned a reputation for being a pest about climate change, but only because I am 100% committed to changing hearts and minds on this before it is too late!
It’s true, I can get a little intense.
Even people who agree with me have asked that I tone down the rhetoric because they don’t want to hear about global warming all the time! So I’ve really forced myself to try to enjoy ordinary things, like going to a football game on a Sunday afternoon.
Yesterday I kept my mouth shut about car exhaust as a friend and I rode to the stadium in his enormous SUV, and bit my lip rather than speak up about the carbon footprint of charcoal grills as we tailgated and had some brats before kickoff.
When we were making our way to the gate I looked up at the stadium and saw an incredibly bright and unbelievably large scoreboard. High above the field the lights were on, even though it was well before noon! It took all my strength to NOT calculate the amount of coal that was probably being burned at that moment just to make it all possible.
When I realized that this wastefulness was directed at pleasing the fans, I wondered what would happen if the folks in the bleachers demanded that their teams institute Earth-friendly practices around the games they finance?
Suddenly I saw a large group of chanting people marching with protest signs and my spirits rose – I thought I was witnessing the dawn of the Eco-football movement. But no! I admit I was just a little bit disappointed when I found out all the commotion was only about human rights.
Dr. Babooner, when I think about the ramifications of a warming Earth and the consequences of our greenhouse-gas-producing behavior, I usually get upset and say something dire, which typically causes these reactions:
- The people who disagree with me turn belligerent.
- The people who agree with me get depressed.
- Ultimately nothing changes.
I’m tired of warning people all the time and seeing that they are not alarmed enough. How can I make my point in a way that will make a difference?
I told Cassandra that in my opinion, being earnest about important issues usually does not endear one to the masses. I suggested she devote her energy to becoming a celebrity in one field or another – music, movies, sports, etc. Once famous, she should market her low carbon lifestyle as a commodity and people will fall in line – not because they want to save the planet, but because they want to be as cool as she is. Which would ultimately make the whole Earth cooler!
But that’s just one opinion. What do YOU think, Dr. Babooner?