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Here is the question I am asking: can we, as people, as a society, change?

I know, I know.  It’s a broad, ambiguous question that doesn’t really seem to relate to cars.  But bear with me for a moment.

Climate change

Something is changing...

A a human being, you are not the same person you were as a child.  You’ve had new experiences, met different people, gone to places away from home.  But have all these things altered who you are?  Do you have new values, new attitudes, new beliefs?  Do you act in a different way now than you did five years ago?

This leads to a single question: can we change?  Can we change our ideas about the environment to accept new research and new understandings of how we interact with the world around us?  Can we change our attitudes and behavior in reaction to this information?

Here’s the thing.  Sometimes, our intentions don’t matter.  Even if we have positive feelings about the earth and our quality of life, they don’t mean anything if our actions don’t reflect our feelings.  You can care all you

Winston Churchill quote

I just like Winston Churchill, okay? Who cares if it's relevant! Just think about it for a minute...

want about pollution and carbon emissions, but the pick-up truck you’re driving won’t reflect your fluffy emotions when it spits out exhaust.  Your electric bill won’t reflect your desire to turn the lights out.  Your septic system won’t know that you didn’t mean to take a twenty-minute shower.  It’s all inthe actions.  Intentions are great; they’re a start to something better.  But to make a difference, you have to do more.

You have to change, whatever that  means for you.  Pretty soon I don’t think it will be an option.   Less dreaming, more doing.  You know what I’m talking about.

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August 2020