An example of this can be seen in an original World War I poster by the United States artist Coles Phillips. The poster, seen on the left, is called "Light Consumes Coal" and was commissioned by the United States Fuel Administration.
The unknown can be a terrifying feeling and in 1917 with coal as the major fuel source used to produce power, people didn't know if they would have enough to light up their homes at night with those new Edison light bulbs operating off of electricity. Also the public had to wondered if America would even have enough coal to win the war.
Today we have a new war and the unknowns are just as fearful. Despite all the worst and best predictions of what Climate Change will bring upon our world, the truth is that not one scientist knows for sure what will happen. Speculation based on the facts that we do know, can be a double edge sword. I see the bottom line as this:
The facts do prove our climate is warmer and NO Government, Politician, Industry, Company, Business or Individual should RISK our planet's future. This does not mean we must force change with violence, this means we need a "smart transition" that starts in our own homes, then bring those changes into work, to our businesses and complete the team effort with our elected officials.
The bottom line has the solution starting with each one of us as an individual. Changing a few light bulbs to LED bulbs today doesn't cut it anymore. I changed all my light bulbs back in 1982 to energy saving compact fluorescents! At GoingTrueGreen.com we have been a sustainable force since 1982 by asking and teaching people to live a more sustainable life. GoingTrueGreen.com is a great source to review and learn hundreds of things that we can do as individuals to help save money and our environment. Humankind is a definite contributor to Climate Change, but at GTG, we never scare people into saving the environment. We point out the extremely important environmental benefits, along with all the relating reasons to live a more sustainable life, because you save a great deal of money, live healthier and all without sacrificing the life you know!
Next year, just a little more than a year from the date of this GTG Blog Post, it will be one hundred years since America entered World War One. Today, the unknown for our environment's future 100 years from now is a fearful proposition. Good or more likely bad, only working together to live more sustainable lives will we eliminate the fear and win this "world war".
Bill Lauto , GTG
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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