“Over in America, we have this rule: if you want to motivate someone, don’t mention death.”

Wikipedia Image : Chicken Run

Seven billion people share this planet. We have finite resources of clean air and water, food, fossil fuels, and other essential resources. Yet we squander these resources, which should be our children’s inheritance.

Some people claiming to be environmentalists see these problems and conclude that it is their responsibility to scare the “little people” into submission. This is both arrogant and foolish. As Rocky pointed out in “Chicken Run” you don’t motivate people with talk of death and disaster.

I hate driving cars around town, so I ride my bicycle almost everywhere (200+ miles per week.) I only get in a car if I have no other option. I do this because it makes me feel good.

I eat about 1/4 what most people eat. That also makes me feel good, and lets me run circles on the soccer pitch around kids one-third my age. I make lifestyle choices which are good for myself, and good for the environment.

It sucks being stuck in traffic jams. My bicycle liberates me from that. I hate feeling bloated. My eating choices liberate me from that.

There is no conflict between a good life and environmentally sound decisions.

Liberate yourself from your car and your food. You will be glad you did, and so will your descendants.

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5 Responses to “Over in America, we have this rule: if you want to motivate someone, don’t mention death.”

  1. pat says:

    good luck with the new website, steven; another one to bookmark.


  2. Phil's Dad says:

    “Liberate yourself from your car and your food.”

    Sooo open to comic misinterpretation.

    Mind if I stick around?

    [The whole point is to have fun. Please do.]

  3. Mark Young says:


    Love the blog, but you really need to do the formatting thing, fill in the “about” area, and set up your links. Your stature at WUWT will be bringing you considerable traffic.

    I’m coming by twice a day, btw.

    So, chop chop! 🙂

    [Excellent! Thanks much. Eventually I will figure out the formatting ;^)]

  4. Layne Blanchard says:


    Your posts were my favorites on WUWT. So, I stop by every day.

    There was a researcher a few years ago who found that rats who were starved lived (as I recall) twice as long. Perhaps something to do with the damage caused by glucose/insulin fluctuation. I try not to gorge, but can’t pass up some favorites.

    Re Resources: I’m not worried about water. But I hope men will be wise enough to chart a course of transition to new fuels well in advance of shortages. And we may need hydrocarbons for plastics and other useful things. Whatever the horizon is to depletion, we will ultimately arrive there, no matter what we do.

    [Thanks Layne – much appreciated]

  5. PJB says:

    You can toe the line or you can explore the possibilities.

    You can fear reprisal or you can express yourself.

    You can develop your potential or you can remain stagnant.

    Life is about moving on, changing with the times and evolving your condition.

    Good on you, Steve.

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