To lead off our May newsletter I’ve chosen one of my favorite writers, Michael Pollan. This essay for the Times is about what it means to personally “go green.” It’s called Why Bother? and it’s every bit as compelling as “Unhappy Meals,” Pollan’s essay written last year on food.
Pollan begins, “Why bother? That really is the big question facing us as individuals hoping to do something about climate change, and it’s not an easy one to answer. I don’t know about you, but for me the most upsetting moment in “An Inconvenient Truth” came long after Al Gore scared the hell out of me, constructing an utterly convincing case that the very survival of life on earth as we know it is threatened by climate change. No, the really dark moment came during the closing credits, when we are asked to . . . change our light bulbs. That’s when it got really depressing. The immense disproportion between the magnitude of the problem Gore had described and the puniness of what he was asking us to do about it was enough to sink your heart.
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