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Old 12-19-2008
 
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if you goto Youtube.com/davos you can see more info on the davos debates.

Essentially the world economic forum are gathering and asking youtube users to submit their videos, and none of them have really hit me as "wow that was tought provoking" or "yeah, you gave that a lot of thought, now go back to your bong, hippy."

Anyway, the environment question is

Will the environment lose out to the economy in 2009?

So, go ahead and post some responses. I'm making a thread for their other questions. I feel these would be a good set of debates for SD.
 
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Of course it will, the environment will always lose to pressing human needs. Billions of people would have to die in order for the environment to be considered a "top issue" to most people.
 
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Of course it will, the environment will always lose to pressing human needs. Billions of people would have to die in order for the environment to be considered a "top issue" to most people.
Which is a real damn shame, because we're the first organisms in Earth history that have the mental capacity to prevent our own demise, and we might squander the chance to avoid extinction due to selfish opportunism. Of course, that's the far, extreme, "a Texas-sized asteroid is going to hit us in 10 hours while Yellowstone erupts", worst scenario. And there are some things that we can't really do shit about (like Yellowstone erupting).

But long-term catastrophic changes like global warming can be slowed down or even halted through simple changes that, while smart in the long run, have no short term profit. Little things like switching to CFL or LED lighting instead of incandescent bulbs. Working on alternative fuels and energy sources. Driving less and walking more. I'm not saying this as a fucking "the Earth is alive!" hippie. I'm saying this as a "this planet is the only place in the Universe we humans can live and we're treating it like utter shit" rationalist.
 
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