Download e-book for iPad: Eyes Wide Open. Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman

By Paul Fleischman

Paul Fleischman bargains youngsters an environmental serious warning call and a device package for interpreting the barrage of conflicting info confronting them.

We're residing in an Ah-Ha second. Take 250 years of human ingenuity. upload considerable fossil fuels. the end result: a inhabitants and way of life by no means ahead of visible. The downsides were not obvious for hundreds of years, yet now they're. without notice every thing wishes rethinking – suburbs, vehicles, quick nutrition, reasonable costs. it is a replaced global.

This ebook explains it. now not with remoted proof, however the ideas riding attitudes and occasions, from vested pursuits to denial to big-country syndrome. simply because cash is as very important as molecules within the atmosphere, technology is joined with politics, background, and psychology to supply the briefing had to understand the twenty first century.

Extensive again subject, together with a thesaurus, bibliography, and index, in addition to quite a few references to web pages, offers additional assets.

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The fossil-fuel lobby is the biggest kid on the environmental block. Everybody needs energy. Selling coal, oil, and gas to so many buyers has made fossil-fuel suppliers immensely profitable. Do renewable power companies hire lobbyists, file lawsuits, fund think tanks, and try to shape public opinion? Front group: A group whose name is meant to hide who’s behind it and what it’s promoting. A front group’s nightmare: having its funders revealed, as happened to the Heartland Institute in 2012. Companies selling fossil fuels, liquor, tobacco, and prescription drugs were among its supporters.

You’ll hear leaders speak of acting on behalf of their grandchildren, but when spending or sacrifices are proposed with the future in mind, resistance is fierce on behalf of the present. The unborn don’t vote, hire lobbyists, or lead protests, and it shows; they, like future threats, go on our brain’s back burner. In bad economic times, our view shortens even more. We’re focused on the next rent payment and the next gas fill-up. This makes sense. You have to survive the present to get to the future.

Politicians often appeal to the grasshopper in us, knowing we prefer putting off worry and action. What they and we forget is that today’s long-distance problems become tomorrow’s present ones. You’ll hear leaders speak of acting on behalf of their grandchildren, but when spending or sacrifices are proposed with the future in mind, resistance is fierce on behalf of the present. The unborn don’t vote, hire lobbyists, or lead protests, and it shows; they, like future threats, go on our brain’s back burner.

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