Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My Earth Day Pledge: To Be Turquoise

Thanks to a fantastic article by John Tierney: For Earth Day, 7 New Rules to Live By we here at JustSaying would like to officially adopt and strive to fulfill the title of "Turqs" which is a term derived from the color turquoise and coined by Stewart Brand to describe and inspire a new breed of environmentalists that combine "traditional green with a shade of blue, as in blue-sky open-minded thinking." Think of a Turq as an environmentalist guided by science instead of nostalgia or (gasp) technophobia.

If you are able to take a few moments to read Tierney's new-age-enviro-article, you will recognize some ideas, like supporting nuclear power and being realistic about "organic" foods, and likely learn something new. Here are the seven rules discussed:

1. It’s the climate, stupid.
2. You can never not do just one thing.
3. “Let them eat organic” is not a global option.
4. Frankenfood, like Frankenstein, is fiction.
5. “Green” energy hasn’t done much for greenery — or anything else.
6. “New Nukes” is the new “No Nukes.”
7. We are as gods and have to get good at it.

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