01 May

Eco-post

I recently read this interesting article in Salon. It took me back to my days as a public interest advocate in Washington, where I lobbied to protect public land in the Rocky Mountain West. The article describes the tension between a developer who wants to build ecologically correct homes for multi-millionaires, and the people who already live in Paradise Valley, the targeted area. It is not unusual to find rich kids involved in the environmental movement.
The real genius to Ameya Preserve is that it foresees that global warming might take the fun out of being rich. What if they wouldn't let you jet to two vacation homes per week? But at Ameya, some of the wealthiest people in the world would get to feel that, with no noticeable change in their habits or behavior, they could still be part of the solution. In this way, what Dokken offers most closely resembles the medieval sale of Indulgences; instead of examining or changing behavior, well-heeled sinners simply paid the fine, went right on sinning. After all, they could afford it.
Rather than buying indulgences, I would stop sinning. Or at least sin as little as I possibly can.

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