Saving the Earth is not an ego trip. Saving the Earth is not something you do so that you can say you planted more trees or created more hybrids or wrote more academic papers or bombed more SUVs or fed more hungry people or arranged more peace deals or wrote more grants or have a purer method or better ethics than the next guy. Saving the Earth is not something you do so that you can stand in judgment of the human race and ask it, “so what have YOU done?”
No, saving the Earth is actually saving the Earth, and understanding it requires a degree of humility that seems at some point to be beyond the current reach of mainstream environmentalism, which wishes to simplify the act of saving the Earth to that which is politically and economically expedient. Saving the Earth, however, must be something that actually saves the Earth, not something which makes us feel like we’re doing it when we’re not.
(crossposted at Big Orange)