I just had to mention a pair of inspiring posts that appeared on two of the blogs I subscribe to.
Hank from the EcoGeek blog posted a statement to the U.S. Coal Lobby, who's banner advertising 'clean coal' ended up on the blog for a couple of hours. The statement is quite powerful, and I love the first line:
"No...you're not green. You're full of crap."
Having grown up in a (stinky, smoggy, asthma-inducing) coal mining town I can only agree with every word. Sad then that Eskom is focusing on coal power moving forward to solve our electricity crisis.
Then there's Colin from the NoImpactMan blog that posted an inspiring rant about how we optimists can make a difference. Despite all the nay-sayers and skepticism, our faith in humanity and belief that things can be better are not wasted. Screw realism, stick to optimism. A choice quote from that post:
"I believe in the goodness of human nature. I believe we can get distracted by many things, but that, ultimately, we all want to do what is best. Because that is true of people, I believe we can make the planet better for all of us, that we can have peace, feed the hungry and end war."