I know enough about science to know that it can be wrong. BUT are you going to take the chance ? Especially considering driving less, walking more, recycling everything, using reusable shopping bags, etc. is so healthy for a huge number of other reasons.
Personally, I couldn't care less if the data is right or wrong about global warming.
That's a fair point Q' . If global warming indeed didn't have anything to do with us, I still think I'd be doing the things I am (perhaps minus the offsets).
From my travel experiences so far i think its innevatable to stop climate change , to change the worlds attitudes will take to long.
it would take a very big major catastrophe to just influence all the people in the developed countries to change bad habits .
so i think only the goverments can save us by doing what they love raising taxes and fees on all items and products that grow the warmth of our climate.
I'm in the process of both signing up for green electricity, and planting a heap more trees/plants in my backyard (which is already like a mini rainforest in places).
have you ever asked our George about this?
If not, perhaps you should do !
i'm not completely sure that it's really happening either, since i've heard good arguments from both sides in the past. but the one image that keeps coming back to me is the opening shot of this ancient psa for...i think..recycling or something like that. it was quite old, we used it in our high school, and our high school didn't get updated in psa's very much, so that should be enough (even though i graduated four years ago, it's still ancient - 80s, i think). anyway. the opening shot is an animated (animated like...like it's made out of plastesine - not a cartoon, really...old..graphics) picture of north america that fills the whole screen - and in the middle of north america, coming our of the land, like it's one whole thing, is this giant pink pig that fills up the screen as well - and it's eating and making oinking noises and all that. and then the overhead voice goes on to say how north america wastes a lot, etc, etc, the usual. but i think the pig explains it pretty well. i can't speak for other places, seeing as i live in vancouver only, but...global warming or no, we need to cut back. LOTS. the crap you see people throw out...on the street, in fields, on historical landmarks, for example...not good.
World Responsible Tourism Day is coming up on November 14th I believe. It is day completely devoted to helping the world and the land while we travel. It is interesting to read up on. If anything it is a good start to making the world better and slowing down global warming. At this point that is all we can do is try to slow it down.
[ Edit: Edited on Oct 30, 2007, at 8:16 AM by travel12 ]