Twenty seven thousand children under the age of five die every single day, children living in poverty, dead from easily and cheaply avoidable causes, such as the lack of a clean cup of water.
How much time and money did you devote to saving any of those lives today?
How much time and money are you prepared to sacrifice to save some hypothetical lives 100 years or 1000 years from now?
Oh, a lot?
Trillions of dollars?
An oodle of personal sacrifice?
You're sick to the stomach with worry over CO2s (don't forget methane kiddies, it's very nasty stuff; why does everyone always forget the methane gases?) and want Rudd, Obama, Brown and all the coloured people inhabiting those other big continents to sacrifice today, tomorrow and the next dozen decades on the human conceit of of "reversing" Earth's climate?
Good for you!
Take a number, join the queue!
I'll join you too, just as soon as you show me that you're clever enough to change the weather.
See, I'm figureing if you can't find a way to change the weather, make it rain, for example, I'll have little faith in your ability to deliberately change ("reverse") the climate.
I'll join you too, just as soon as you show me that your motives are real and pure and that you care about the tens of millions of avoidable deaths occurring every year, in your life time, right here and now.
Save those lives, then maybe I'll believe that your environmental motives really are about saving future lives, and not yet another faddish human vanity, eco-evangelicalism for the middle-class, a cheap salve on the wormy little conscious of the inhabitants of first world countries.
For more than fifty years human kind has denied nearly three billion people the basics to maintain life and health, but we've all a flutter about a few million who might lose their homes from rising sea waters in fifty years - might - and vain enough to believe that some paltry (yet very expensive and economically distorting) actions we take today are sufficiently self-sacrificing that those future lives really will be saved (well, they could just more inland, you know, how hard could it be to 'save' them, really?).
Yet we won't give the genuinely paltry amount needed to provide basic food, water, shelter and medicine to all who inhabit the earth today.
We never have, we never will.
More and more, I am perplexed by the unethical, almost sinister, actions of we humans.