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Global Warning
Submitted by hedmekanik on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 - 20:05

Now, we're all familiar with the 'Save The Earth' rah-rah, and if you're not, welcome back, terribly sorry you were locked up in isolation for all those years in Outer Mongolia, but here's the lowdown, just to bring you up to speed - we're fucked.

We've really, really made a mess of things and it looks like the shit's about to hit the fan on a scale never before seen - unless we sort things out.

So this is not just another Save The Endangered cane Rat of Umhlanga Ridge yadda yadda, this one is about something that you can actually do to make a difference. There's still a slim amount of time to slow down the effects of global warming and you - THAT'S YOU, SPARKY - DON'T MAKE LIKE YOU CAN'T READ THIS - can contribute. Don't be complacent - you can't dig your way out of a hole - that's the thinking that got us in this mess in the first place.

Make a difference, it won't cost you a dime. Just do it. Or else the Energy Police will do something nasty to your dinges when they catch you using outdated and inefficient bulbs. But seriously - this affects us all. Stop thinking that it's somebody else's problem, it's not - we're in this together. Unless, of course, you've got a InterGalactic Zoom 3000 and a nice patch on Mars. Oh, you don't? Then pull your finger out.

The first thing you can do is get rid all (yes, ALL) of those 'normal' light bulbs that you use throughout your home and replace them with Compact Fluorescent Energy Saving Bulbs.

I know, they're more expensive. And yes, they do look weird. But what do you want, a charcoal hovel for a planet or an ugly light bulb? You can't have your samoosa and eat it!

The second thing (yes, for this one you may actually have to lift a finger. That'll be the same finger that you've just pulled out of your unmentionable. I don't want to have to mention it again.) is to unplug all your appliances when not using them. Or at least switch them off at the plug so they're not on standby. Yes, the goddamned Playstation too. Or three. I know, I know, it's such a drag but bear with us, would you, it's for the future. You like Dolphins, dontcha? Everybody likes dolphins, they're soooo cute. Well switch the bloody things off, or Bluey here squeaks his last!

Right. And if you've read this far, well done. There's a lot more you can do if you want to know, and there are hundreds of websites that can give you more advice on how to earn brownie points and gold stars for pulling finger. Go forth and make it happen.


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Subject:  Yeah, I also saw "An Inconvenient Truth" recently
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Author:  DeanRichards
Date:  4 April, 2007 - 07:50

Scary as hell, but could have done without the Gore. Oh, and you forgot to mention "Drive Less".


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Subject:  I agree about saving
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Author:  capdog
Date:  4 April, 2007 - 08:08

I agree about saving energy and the planet, but that Gore chap... I watched an interview/"debate" with him and he sooo avoided answering the tough questions. Made me skeptical that he couldn't defend his stance. I'll try find the youtube link.


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Subject:  The convenient proof
Author:  hedmekanik
Date:  4 April, 2007 - 08:34

I haven't seen An Inconvenient Truth. There's a massive (and rather vocal) body of opinion that derides it and considers it a thinly-veiled attempt for Gore to resurrect his dream of being President of the US. Regardless, you don't have to be a meteorologist to know that the shit and the fan are having their inevitable meeting. And the splatter affects us all. I'm not gonna go into detail here because lord knows there are a zillion sites that will list in depth the various problems and solutions that there are. Suffice to say there can no longer be any excuse for wasting energy or carrying on like we've all the resources we need. Cos we don't, and the growing environmental instability will affect the quality of all our lives.
The only thing that I can say about An Inconvenient Truth is that it has given the issue of global warming a raised profile, and that can't be bad. Unless you're an oil company.
Oh ja - try walking or riding a bike sometime. There's a whole world out there that you can't experience at 120 kms an hour.


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Subject:  Sorry Hedmekanik,
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Author:  DeanRichards
Date:  4 April, 2007 - 14:02

that was a little presumptuous of me. For my money, the "rather vocal criticisms" are 100% correct. Half the movie involves completely needless shots of Gore looking wistfully into the distance while his voice-over tells stories of his childhood which have very tenuous links to global warming.

Then we have my personal favourite juxtaposition in the movie, involving a "top down" view of George W Bush climbing out of his limo then staring up at the camera, immediately followed by a shot of Gore looking down through an airplane window. You don't get much cheaper than that...

"I like maxims that don't encourage behaviour modification."
-- Calvin and Hobbes


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Subject:  Bloody Septics...
Author:  hedmekanik
Date:  4 April, 2007 - 14:52

Ja, Septic Tanks...what can do?
Can't live with 'em, can't take them on or you'll be another notch on the Black Hawk...tsk, tsk..it's a dog's life.
The more vocal criticism, the better, it'll only provoke constructive dialog, which is better than the carefully-orchestrated smoke and mirrors that the Yanks are so skilled in using.
Weapons of Mass Distraction indeed. You don't get to be top dog unless you're really good at it. They got the guns and they got the numbers.
Anyway - for my money ANYTHING that provokes discussion on environmental issues is good.


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Subject:  Bush or Gore?
Author:  turbosprout (not verified)
Date:  5 April, 2007 - 14:36

I saw and Gore's Inconvenient Truth and thought that it was actually quite well done. Granted there were some cheap shots at Bush, but if I was Gore I'd have probably gone further in showing up Bush for the true idiot he is.
I am a bit skeptical about Gore's intentions and will be surprised if he doesn't run for president again, he is after all a politician. Still he has done more than anyone else I can think of in raising the alarm bell and bringing climate change into the spotlight.
You have to consider that the world today would be in much better shape had Gore won the presidential election...

Oh and Joburg gets to party on 7/7/2007 thanks in part to Mr Gore!


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Subject:  Your local dump!
Author:  georgie
Date:  4 April, 2007 - 09:34

Despite the hype, its actually really easy to do your bit. In case you`re unaware, all it takes are a few simple changes to your habits:

1. Take a visit to your local landfill- the Bisasa Rd landfill, off Umgeni, by Makro, is an eye-opener. Just pitch up and have a look (no need to make this one a habit).
2. Connect with a local database to keep informed on developments eg Earthlife Africa at www.earthlife.org.za
3. Minimise waste that you produce and the energy that you use.


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Subject:  Where are all the tree-huggers?
Author:  georgie
Date:  13 April, 2007 - 13:22

Oops, I think I killed the conversation!!!


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