Tuesday, 26 July 2011

I Actually Love The Environment

In order not to seem like a dick (I've got the feeling I'll be doing something this again later in the week, you'll know it when you see it) this is part reaction post/part "It turns out I'm not that fond of hatemail" post, so bear with me.

This is, as you might have guessed from the title, a reaction to my post yesterday. Some people got the main message, which is that we should work on planting more trees and saving trees rather than doing stuff that doesn't help that much, like getting cars off the road, and some just felt like being sarcastic and acting like I'm quite happy to let the world burn. Personally though, I love sarcasm, I'm a sarcastic ass, so yeah, sarcasm away guys, srsly. Anyway. I really do love the environment, I love trees, I love forests, I love wildlife, the one thing humanity does that annoys me the most is deforestation and making animals extinct. I can't stand that. If I ever get rich enough to afford it, I can't decide between having a nice little house on the edge of a forest in the middle of nowhere, or having a massive house with a lot of land and getting a God awful amount of animals, and having a sustainable forest for a back yard. Which would be awesome. Anyway, I guess I better get on with the reactions.

HeadAche01 Said:
You state a good point, but the problem is the CO2 generated by fossil fuels like oil and gas. They weren't in the system until now, and if you want to take the CO2 of that out again, you need hell loads of trees, like the whole earth planted with trees. 
You see, there is some sort of circle of Carbon, trees use CO2 to make glucose and O2, which we breathe in/eat, and burn to make CO2 again, or we burn the things made from glucose and that again makes CO2 that the plants use again. 
But the problem arises when Carbon is used that wasn't in this circle, that is gas and oil.

Good thoughts though, keep it up.

Thank you for responding and helping me learn in a civilised manner, seriously. Much appreciated. Carbon dioxide into oxygen into carbon dioxide seems like a pretty simple system, one that clearly exists, and one that has really been thrown out of whack.

Shaw said...

I think it would be easier for everyone if we just went full on electric cars.

This would be the ideal really, we always thought that by the time things got this bad, electric cars would be awesome and no one would need a petrol car, but the sad thing is they aren't. Hybrids are kind of good, but I don't want to feel like I'm being forced to buy one. One day electric cars will be awesome, and everyone will drive them, and I do hope that day comes soon, but we seem to have little evidence it will.

Neon said...

And I think it's the easiest thing if we just grew wings and fly like superman or the guy from X-Men :D

Alright, you got me, that's the true dream lol. But if man were meant to fly, he'd have wings. Great, now people are probably going to think I have a thing against air travel. Only been in a plane twice, to and from Italy for a school trip I still refer to as "the worst week of my life". Italy was awesome, so much natural beauty too, but what happened there was not, maybe I'll tell that story some day.

Gryt said...

That is a brilliant solution, because some people I know can't go a mile if its not in a car, so lets just plant more trees to balance it out! I happen to be a member of the Arbor Day foundation, and I've planted 10 free trees a year for a couple years now that I get for paying the yearly membership dues
I seriously thank you for the good work you do. And for bringing the Arbor Day Foundation to my attention, I haven't heard of them. You have my full support. 

In short, I'm sorry if I pissed you off, or came across the wrong way. I'm saying that there are much better solutions than inconveniencing everyone. The world is full of natural beauty, the forests of the world are only a tiny proportion, but they are a wonderful part nonetheless. Nothing would make me happier than to see everyone in an electric car, to see the rainforest slowly come back, heck if I could I'd buy my own island, cover it in trees and endangered animals, and keep it safe, a la Black Jack, but I can't, at least not yet.

Thank you for listening. Turns out as much as I wanted hate mail, I really was just too self conscious to handle it. Again, I'm sorry if I came across the wrong way. 


  1. I'm right there with ya, man. I'd love nothing more than a completely sustainable lifestyle that doesn't impact the environment at all. My reasons are a little different, and have to do with reliance on governments, economies, and foreign powers, as well as for financial reasons, but it's nice to know there are kindred spirits out there.

  2. It didn't piss me off - trees being cut down is just as big a problem as people driving needlessly big cars :)

  3. People should be arrested for cutting trees.

  4. SoreLosersGaming I agree with all of your posts I've read... you're just in the wrong place. You're commenting bloggers, not fighting for your ideals. If you want to do that there are more effective ways :)

  5. I disagree that we have no evidence that electric cars will make it big soon. You have big name cars like the Chevy Volt being named car of the year and having record sales. We just need to advanced the battery tech more and keep the car's costs down.

  6. I agree with you- people who are eco crusaders really grind my gears because they often dont have a clue what they're talking about!

  7. I'm all for apologies and differing points of view.

    Speaking of differing points of view, I'll play devil's advocate on this one. If everyone planted a tree in a bare spot to cancel out the co2, wouldn't we be inundated with the birds and insects that make these places their home?

  8. I love the environment as well =p Sort of a requirement for my major haha

  9. I love some environments. Like the ones i'm in. If it wasn't for china and indias HUGE methan releases from their rice crops, which is a bigger green house gas than CO2, we swedes would be in an ice age right now. And plants are STARVED for CO2. They're starving just as much as those poor kids in africa.

    Humans don't want to save the environment, they want to preserve it like it is, for their own gain.

  10. i love it, but i think its devistated already

  11. Get the mansion with a spider plant.

  12. I'm a natural resources major, and have studied forestry, wildlife, etc. I'm not going to say trees "need" to be cut down, but there is still a demand for wood, and not just to build houses, because of this I think it is much more important to focus on responsible/sustainable harvesting practices. As far as planting more trees goes, there are many places that have been deforested and have been converted to ag land or just fields of grass, many of these could be replanted and eventually return to a wooded area, but because other changes, these areas have become necessary for species that would not benefit from a forested area, migratory birds and so forth that require large open areas to feed.

  13. It's a tough subject to talk about, that's for sure.

  14. Woo, I got mentioned. And your welcome, I was brought up in a very eco friendly family and I don't really know why it was that way, but its had a lasting effect on me. I'm hoping to get a job in some kind of ecological field so I can do more good than just planting a few trees each year

  15. I plant trees not just to help the environment, but because I like having vegetation around my home, sure beats looking at fences and concrete all the time

  16. I have a new comprehensive environmental plan. Kill everyone.


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