Originally Posted by Captain Bill
In the spirit of your environmental purity I guess we can assume that the beautiful bottom paint
we see in the middle of that fish
kill is non-toxic?
Seven billion people, enough resources for 1 billion.... End of story. How exactly is this related to the drift of the magnetic pole?
I never said I could hover above the Earth, or have "0" impact. That is NOT what "tread lightly" means. I do use toxic bottom paint
, but I started out with a copper loaded gel coat, that did not leach. I switched to bottom paint
because after two years with the other stuff, I realized that it not only didn't work at all, it attracted barnacles
I burn diesel fuel
on my boat, but only 1/2 gal / hr, because it is an 18 HP engine
, (15 HP at my cruising RPM). By choosing to "go small", I could get by with this small an engine
By choosing to go with a tri, I sail rather than motor
, 85% of the time... 98% of the time when at sea.
By going with super insulated refrigeration
, LEDs, fluorescents, etc., I could run the boat on all solar
. ("0" fuel consumption charging
I still make tons of garbage, but I take my own canvass grocery bags, recycle, etc.
I buy lots of consumables, but think about my purchases, where they came from, the effects, biodegradability, etc.
I ride a motorcycle, but @ only 583 CCs it gets over 60 MPG. I try to run errands with it, AND it's more fun.
I never said I don't pollute, burn fossil fuels, etc., or do all of the other things that are making our planet less hospitable. I built boats for decades, including spray painting, one of the most damaging things of all! I have pangs of guilt about the nastyness of my own profession. I am, however, honest with myself about it. I look at it as the nasty profession that it really is, and don't try to rationalize that it's not..
My point is, that no matter where we are on the "footprint", "pollution" scale as individuals, we can all do better. MYSELF INCLUDED! THAT'S what I am trying to do, be honest about my past excesses / mistakes
, educate myself to a better way, and try to have a GOOD TIME... Scuba
, travel, ride my bike, etc. in the most environmentally conscious way that I can. "Treading lightly on the planet". I have no intention of becoming a monk, and living in a cave with "0" environmental offenses.
I realize that your making this into an "either / or" issue, ignoring the rational median, modern lifestyle, was just sarcasm, but it is neither humorous or useful. The future of humankind is a serious subject.
Sorry for the thread drift. Like they so often do, I was responding to a previous comment, rather than the original question. When I made my first very short post, it never occurred to me that someone would disagree with the obvious. I may be naive, but it always surprises me when they do. Just like the fact that 50% of the US doesn't believe in "evolution"... It baffles me.