An interesting post from Peter Madden over at Gristmill has been making the rounds here via interoffice e-mail. It suggests that we might be paying too much attention to the issue of global warming. That there’s a danger we’re putting all the environmental concern we have to spare in that one proverbial basket at the expense of other issues like biodiversity, toxics, etc.
It’s a good question. Does the massive attention now (at last) being paid to the climate crisis negatively affect other environmentally issues by diverting too much money and will or by simply being such an overwhelming issue so remote from daily life that it just makes our eyes glaze and our brains tune out to environmental issues in general?
Madden calls the climate crisis an abstraction of the kind that tends not to stir the imagination and engender public support in the same way that, say, saving cute cuddly megafauna does. Because its effects are decades away and/or can’t be felt in some way on a personal level, he says environmentalists and policymakers may be making a political mistake by focusing on it to the frequent if not constant exclusion of all else.