Yet even among these people with environmental convictions, there appears to be a complete lack of connection between their daily activities and our ongoing "addiction" to fossil fuels. Here are some examples:
- A week ago a friend of my daughter invited her to go swimming at the local pool. According to Google, it's 6/10ths of a mile on foot. She and I walked over. As I was leaving I noted a neighbor from my block dropping off her daughter at the same pool in her minivan, and I watched her get back in and drive home.
- Another of my neighbors works in a building less than 900 yards from her house. Yet most days she drives to work.
- In another case, a neighbor has a 16-year old son who works in a local five and dime. The establishment is about 8/10ths of a mile from their home. On most occasions, they drive over to pick him up after work--even on days with beautiful weather.
- We needed to provide our house key to a neighbor's daughter so she could care for our cat. I called over to their house and her father said he would come right over and get the key. A couple minutes later he drove up. They live 800 feet away!!!!
(Image from NASA)