We interupt my coverage of Amplify Choice and RedState to talk about a pet peeve. And remember Peeves make wonderful pets
One of the things you notice about Denver right away is all of the building going on. Housing prices are up and the city is making hotels the way the Duggars make babies. Given it’s size and location Denver is becoming magnet of tourism and one of the highlights of our visit was the Denver Zoo.
It’s a great destination which was very plain as DaWife and I walked by the parking areas I saw licence plates from California to North Dakota and of course there were likely plenty of people like us who had come by air and caught the Zoo in between the scheduled events that brought us here.
And that’s why when I saw this sign in the rain forest exhibit I found myself laughing out loud
For those of you who can’t read the print here is what it says:
Like a greenhouse, gases in our atmosphere capture the Sun’s energy and warm the Earth. We’ve increased greenhouse gasses, in part by burning fossil fuels and destroying forests. Many scientists believe the result will be global warming
With just a slightly warmer climate, ice aps may melt and drown coastal areas Rainfall patters could shift turning farmlands into deserts or floodplains
What can you do to help?
The United State’s is the world’s single largest producer of greenhouse gases. Conservation begins at home.
Walk, bike or carpool or take a bus whenever possible to reduce the greenhouse gases produced by automobiles.
When you buy your next car place fuel efficiency at the top f your list of options. Keep your car tuned.
Contact your local gas and electric company for tip on how to make your home and office more energy efficient.
Now in terms of global warming alarmism this sign is actually pretty tame, there is a lot of the use of the word “may” rather than “will”, you don’t see the BS 95% of scientists agree line. I suspect this is to help keep the return business of those like me who show up.
But if you look at the “What can I Do to Help?” list, it struck me that several items missing that came to mind at once, to wit:
There were a lot of people at the zoo with cell phones and mp3 players,and I couldn’t count the number of people with earbuds listening to said devices. All those devices need a steady stream of electricity which require a lot of greenhouse gases to produce.
They could have advised guests to not use these devices and not buy new ones. Yes, these devices are entertaining and provide communications and convenience, but what is that next the danger of turning farmlands into floodplains?
And of course there we’re plenty of people taking pictures both with their phone and with iPads, and Cameras. May of these pictures will end up on facebook, Instagram, twitter and various web pages like this one and will be shared worldwide in the cloud. All of these take a lot of greenhouse gas producing electricity and that doesn’t even begin to talk about the immense amount of electricity the servers that host all of this stuff uses.
They could have advised their guest to get off of the net and not take pictures to share. Yes the animals are delightful and would bring the zoo plenty of exposure but after all what is use of pictures like this
…if it means Rainfall patters might shift?
There were a lot of manufactured toys and stuffed animals in the place for sale. They were cute, they were cuddly and were prominently displayed for sale to all the wide eyed kids who came through the doors with their parents. All of them were only available at the zoo because of manufacturing and shipping that required the creation of an enormous amount of greenhouse gases.
They could have advised the kids and their parents to do without the toys, after all a lot of them were pretty expensive and the kids likely had others at home. Yes they were cute and cuddly and the sales provide a lot of revenue for the zoo, but what is that next to the danger of ice caps melting and drowning coastal areas?
Finally as I noted at the start, the parking lot was full of cars from all over the nation. All those cars, no matter how well tuned or fuel efficient burn gasoline. Furthermore Denver is a tourist destination with so many people flying in that they can’t build hotels fast enough to accommodate all the conventions not to mention the skiers in the winter. And according to the David Suzuki foundation aviation “accounts for four to nine per cent of the total climate change impact of human activity.”
That means that the very act of coming Denver in General and to the zoo in particular by air or car involves burning fossil fuels and destroying forests at an alarming rate! The very act that they are warning against.
So in the spirit of helping to promote the cause of conservation and saving the planet might I suggest the Denver Zoo remake that sign replacing the last three sentences of that sign with the following:
GO AWAY AND NEVER COME BACK!
Yes I know that it would mean laying off a lot of people and hoping people would pay to visit an online streaming site if they aren’t Denver natives but we’re got a planet to save, don’t we?