Via the contest notification I posted about here, I just watched a very effective video they say was conceived, written and directed by a 10 year old boy. Watch it below, it is about a minute:
“Save It” Global Warming message by 10 yr old from 1skycampaign on Vimeo.
Not to be critical at all, especially not of a 10 year old who has not contributed to the framing of environmental debates yet, but it does bring up something that has been bugging me for a while. The whole “Save the Planet” meme is a bit misguided and I think presents a weak point for activists in the media circus that surrounds environmental issues.
The thing is, the planet will be fine. Even life on this planet will be fine when you consider the timescales the earth drifts through. No matter how horribly we screw things up, life will recover, even if it takes a million years. That is a tremendous amount of time when compared to the election cycle, but a million years is nothing set beside the 4.5 billion year age of planet Earth. No matter what toxic or radioactive crap we spew all around us, eventually it will slip back into the earth’s mantle and be completely erased, sanitized by anihilation.
No, it is not the planet that needs saving, it is the humans! I think the more activists can make humanity, not the polar bear or the spotted owl, the balancing concern versus the economy, the more effective their arguments will be.