Archive for May 25th, 2010

Two environmentalists talking the talk and one walking the walk

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Sometime around 1980, at a Varsity Christian Fellowship event at the University of Alberta, I bought a copy of Ronald J. Sider’s book “Living More Simply”.  That book is one of several that Sider wrote on the subject of social justice and the Christian’s stewardship responsibilities in a world of limited resources – perhaps his best known was “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger”.  I don’t agree entirely with Sider on all of his economic views, but I do respect his integrity.  For example, according to an article in Christianity Today, Ron Sider and his family live in a modest house heated by wood that he scavenges from the neighbourhood, and they buy most of their clothes from thrift shops.

It sounds to me as though Ron Sider has a fairly small carbon footprint.


I have seen Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, and although I think it contains some exaggerations, such as the amount of sea level rise due to global warming, I believe most of its claims are scientifically sound, and if we don’t change our lifestyles of over-consumption our children are likely to pay a heavy price.

According to the Los Angeles Times,  Al Gore recently added to his existing real estate portfolio when he, “…spent $8,875,000 on an ocean-view villa on 1.5 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains … The Italian-style house has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.”

It sounds to me as though Al Gore has a fairly large carbon footprint.  He also has a Nobel Prize for his message about how the rest of us should reduce our carbon footprints.


I’ll leave it to you to judge which of the above two environmentalists I respect the most.