I think a generation had to go by first though. “Give a hoot, don’t pollute” was still a thing in the 80s when the hot-and-heavy research-in-this-one-direction began.
So people would’ve thought about owls.
But if we can blame the weather on pollution? Well, EVERYBODY complains about the weather, and NOW FINALLY somebody’s gonna _do_ something about it.
So it was a practical angle for a number of years, psychologically.
The whole global warming/climate change/greenhouse effect angle means I’ve spent 1/2 my life so far hearing, “WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE” and I’m like.. ok, well, go ahead if you want. I put my recycling in the recycle bin most of the time.
My sphere of influence is limited and I do what I can where I’m at.
But I don’t like being a mouthpiece for others in general. I have to really be into an issue for that. This one? I’m really not that into. Never was. Somebody else’s religious fervor to convince everybody but not mine.
Well, here’s the way I see it: The earth is tough. If we screw up the climate for our needs, the earth will survive, thrive and change and life will continue. Will we be a part of it? I dunno. I suspect we will. I tend to be very skeptical of apocalyptic viewpoints generally, no matter how much data is behind it, so that might be a point where we differ.
Well, it’s a tough situation: When we’re SUCCESSFUL at making change happen, people always say, “See, there was never a problem in the first place – everything’s fine”. So I dont’ want to do that. I’m usually the guy that has to work in the background and FIX everything so it appears there was never a real problem in the first place.
I spend my life hearing people say, “I don’t know what you’re so stressed about – it would’ve worked out fine even if you did nothing”. I’ve learned to ignore those people through the years because they’ll never ‘get it’ – that it takes a lot of work to keep things working.