2.15.2008

Speaking the Language


Already, the language is becoming tiresome: Green. Local. Sustainable. Maybe it’s because, to a certain extent, these are all abstractions. What do any of them really mean? Or maybe it’s just the curse of the liberal effete, the ugly truth that those with the means to champion these causes are too often viewed through the disdainful eye of the commoner.

So he wonders: Do we cling to these monikers, wringing our collective hands as their value steadily erodes? Do we throw in the towel? Or do we develop a new way of talking about the future that’s inclusive and modest and urgent? And what does that language sound like?

He’s not sure what will work; he only knows what’s not working. Slowly, reluctantly, America’s green awakening is opening a sleepy eye. But that’s a far cry from getting the damn thing out of bed, and if that doesn’t happen soon, it’s gonna drift back into dreamland, where the skies are always blue, the economy’s always booming, and no one scorns it.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:00 AM

    I sort of agree that the lexicon is a bit exclusive...but how, pray tell the Greenneck, should we speak of climate change? Maybe it's not what we say but how we say it? Tell skiers there won't be places to ski in 50 years and you have an ally. Tell coastal dwellers that there house will be underwater in 50 years, you have allies. Maybe. Haven't "we" been telling folks this for years now?

    What, ultimately, will it take to convince the overwhelming majority that steps to reduce and eliminate climate change are necessary?

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