Volume 2 Issue 62 | July 18, 2009 |


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Editor's Note

Green Priorities

Real environmental issues often get conflated with a whole lot of political baggage. No point in staunchly taking one side or the other- the truth is there is propaganda on both ends of the issue. There are those who want to do things green at all possible costs. There is the anti-environmentalist camp that says all the issues are cooked up by tree huggers who don't know what they are talking about. Of course, often they have a point. A lot of environmentalists are at a loss for words when you ask them to cite some of the science behind, let's say, global warming. Science often gets tossed aside and this becomes a polarising issue just like religion- you either 'believe' in 'global warming' or you don't.

In spite of the extreme propaganda elements either for or against, the environment is real. Things are in danger and there are things that can be done about it. Being careful as to not be irrational about the care we take, or that all other issues and costs don't get thrown out the window, taking a realistic look at the problems at hand and the green solutions can help a great deal. Taking our eyes off the priorities though or just temporarily jumping on the bandwagon could be a bit of a problem itself.

Abak Hussain
From the Insight Desk

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