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effects #37: The road to hell is paved with good intentions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_road_to_hell_is_paved_with_good_intentions

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personal action vs legal action / living by example vs working toward effecting societal change

“The Hidden Life of Garbage is a two year old interview packed with great insights on the politics of waste, including this shocker: When we think about being “green,” reducing waste and so on, we almost always think in terms of stuff that we can do as individuals, and we almost never think about regulating manufacturing. Imagine: instead of making 50 million people feel guilty for using disposable cups at Starbucks, we could just pass a law prohibiting the manufacture of disposable cups. The reason we don’t is that in 1953 Vermont passed a law that banned disposable bottles, and polluting industries formed an organization called Keep America Beautiful, which has been working ever since to block that kind of law, and generally to make us think of waste “as an individual responsibility, and not one connected to the production process.” … the famous anti-litter commercial with the crying Indian…. It turns out that Keep America Beautiful made that ad!”
— Ran Prieur LINK

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Going Green but Getting Nowhere
By GERNOT WAGNER
Published: September 7, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/opinion/going-green-but-getting-nowhere.html?_r=0
Gernot Wagner is an economist at the Environmental Defense Fund and the author of the forthcoming “But Will the Planet Notice?”
(Commenter at amazon: Interesting book and easy to read. Author made one important point; the public will only nominally cooperate with environmental initiatives until doing so is in their best interest as individuals. If we want them to not spew carbon into the air there has to be a cost to doing so. Makes sense to me, but he could have said it in one chapter.)

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Related:

– China vs US environmentalism: China’s Coal, etc.
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-12-17/china-plans-to-dethrone-king-coal

– HANS ROSLING’s The magic washing machine

– VOTING
“I believe in the American system, and totally reject the idea that your vote doesn’t matter. You think it doesn’t matter because you haven’t discovered what it means. If you had a little faith in it, if 25 percent more people had more faith, it would work a lot better than you have imagined. Because given enough time, no matter how much they lie, we figure it out. Change will come slowly but it will come. But don’t tell me it can’t change if you haven’t even tried.” http://threads2.scripting.com/2012/september/juryDutyVotingAndRomney

– BEING GREENEST
“[Are you trying to do something] that your dead great grandfather, in the grave, can do better than you. You’re using fewer resources? Your great grandfather is using no resources, and if he could talk to you, he might say, “Stop doing stuff that a dead person can do. You’re alive — do something that an alive person can do.”
LINK

– Framing: Positive goals vs negative goals

– Shopping local vs the big store
https://ehaugsjaa.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/destroying-the-earth-by-buying-organic-locally-produced-food/

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