By Susan Harper
Last week, my column ended with the thought that recycling efforts here in Commerce — and, by inference, all over America — might help save our lovely Earth. After what I’ve learned in the ensuing seven days, I feel I should add, “And not a lick amiss!”
Going green has become chic and chi-chi in some quarters, and is increasingly tolerated, if not accepted, in others. It has taken 50 years for this attitude shift to occur, and we might have called that a “glacial pace” once upon at time, back in the days before the glaciers started melting and sliding into the sea as if they were on toboggan runs. But despite the lip service we increasingly give to the importance of preserving our ecosystems, there’s still a pervasive notion that if we’re going greener these days, grudgingly or not, it’s for the sake of our grandchildren, out of our love for them and concern for what their world will be like in 2094, should the alarmists and eco-nerds turn out to be right. Meanwhile, not only have the alarmists been proven right in many if not most of their predictions; it now appears that they have not been alarmist enough.
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