By Patrick Albert Moore
Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a smart Environmentalist is Dr. Patrick Moore's enticing firsthand account of his a long time spent because the final Greenpeace insider, a co-founder and chief within the organization's best committee. Moore explains why, 15 years after co-founding it, he left Greenpeace to set up a extra good, science-based method of environmentalism. From strength independence to weather switch, genetic engineering to aquaculture, Moore sheds new mild on probably the most debatable matters within the information this present day.
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Clean Coal” is my favorite case in point. But the characterization of solar panels as being green might also be questioned. How can a technology that costs 10 times as much as conventional electricity and that is made entirely of nonrenewable resources be green? How can windmills be green when they require five times as much steel and concrete per unit of power produced compared to nuclear plants and when they occupy vast areas of land? One might ask if the pot is not calling the kettle black in the war of words over what green really means.
We are told this will “save” the forests. Indeed, in the absence of humans the forests would do just fine. But there isn’t an absence of humans; there are nearly seven billion of us. We need materials to build our homes, offices, factories, and furniture, and we need farmland to produce food and fiber. It’s not as if we can just stop eating or using resources, it’s a matter of survival. If we decided to reduce our wood consumption, we would automatically increase our consumption of steel, concrete, and other nonrenewable resources.
These two actions—a change in practice and a change in technology— add up to a radical change in our environmental footprint. When light-emitting diodes (LEDs) become more common, it will take even less power to light our world. This principle applies across the board to nearly everything we do in life. It applies to all the ways we obtain and use food, energy, and materials. In particular, at a personal level, it applies to our homes and our cars. For most people these two items are the largest consumers of both materials and energy, and we have considerable control over what sort of home and car we own.