Global Warming

To: "Greg" <>, "Reg Clark" <>
Subject: Global Warming
From: " Chris Lloyd" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 10:20:50 +1200
Sorry to return to the earlier global warming thread and divert attention away from Grey Fantails and their influence on the party structure of post-modern Westminster democracies.

Greg I don't remember picking on twichathons. I suspect, (I am not a participant in such events), they are as useful if not more so than you say in terms of raising public consciousness, gather abundance/density data and allowing like minded souls to discuss, inter alia, global warming responses.

My churlish side issue was with the profusion of monographs and postings which inadvertently or otherwise encourage the practice of criss-crossing countries in a range of fuel inefficient transport modes solely to "see'' a species that someone else has reported or to add to some arcane Freudian list. My own Achilles heel here is that I thoroughly enjoy reading said monographs.

The main game is not birdos and their perverse peregrinations but a social system that sees consumption as the focus of life and destructive labour as the means to supply the where withal to fuel this.

I have the misadventure to live with a six and eight year old. The difficulty is that, while they are easily enthused about the resource difficulties facing the planet they are also easily diverted through peer pressure ("my second best friend Mahomet or Kylie has a swimming pool/jetski/boat/aircon ad nauseum...") or the behaviour of their peer's parents (Landbrusier used to collect from the school 1 km from home, every conceivable electrical device on at all times etc).

The beguiling world of video and video games not only ensures some handy obesity and diabetes but also encourages a world view of endless resources (as well as psychologically valuable murder and mayhem or is that Iraqi new's task?). Our house has, by virtue of my employment the privilege of seeing a lot of wildlife up close and personal and the two little terrorists know this but even a Eudylpta minor clearly cut up by a recreational propeller struggles to stay on message when compared to the instant delights of consumerism.

My point being that no matter how hard individual parents and others try little progress will be made in both carbon emissions and educating our willing young until we tackle the underlying paradigms. Sorry to be a wind bag on this one.

Chris Lloyd
Training Officer
PO Box 260
Forestville NSW 2087

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