sorry guys/ girls if anyone took my comments personally, they weren't meant as such, and I'm certainly not trying to tell anyone what to do or how to live. Life's too short to start doing that
I 100% agree that the whole green thing is a bandwagon that companies are jumping on left right and centre, especially in the last couple of years, and I also realise that it's often far greener to keep using something a little old and less efficient than to buy something newer and chuck the old thing on the landfill (I'm far too tight to throw anything out even if it's broken).
However, those aren't reasons for not saving energy/money/ the environment etc just good reasons to look past the marketing fluff in just the same way you would with anything else.
As for the poverty argument (just to state, I'm not a socialist, before that gets raised
), and I'm sure you're all right, the poor are getting less poor as a country's wealth increases, but I would still contend that they getting less poor far slower than the rich are getting richer. Part of that may be because our definition of what is poor changes with that increasing wealth, part my simply be due to the way our global capitalist economy works (that's not a rant against capitalism, so don't jump down my throat!). However, there are still significant proportions of most developing world countries that still have no or unreliable access to water, electricity, healthcare and education (even in Australia, to our eternal shame). I'm not saying that from any particular political leaning, just observation and personal experience.
Anyway, getting off topic
. I think you're right in saying that we will find alternative sources of energy, I have the utmost faith in human ingenuity (sp?). But how much it'll cost relative to the cheap and once abundant supply of fossil fuels, and the effect that cost will have on the global economy, I don't know. I have a feeling that there'll be at least some period of painful adjustment though.
I guess my orignal point, which I probably didn't state very clearly is that all too often people don't take action that would benefit themselves and others because they think that their own actions would make no difference. Well, I believe the opposite - large differences are made up of lots of small actions, no matter how inconsequential they may appear.