Inconvenient Truths - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1945931

Inconvenient Truths

The documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” was first shown in 2006. It raised awareness of global warming and all the changes necessary in order to slow it down.

It appears that the “inconvenience” of changing behavior continues to be difficult for most Americans.

We watch while brave Ukrainians are fighting to preserve democracy so that future generations can remain Ukrainians and not be robbed of their national identity. But do Americans realize that it’s necessary to inconvenience themselves so that others can benefit? We complain about wearing masks and getting vaccinated. We complain about wind farms interfering with our views. And we complain generally about shifting to sustainable practices.

Might this be time for us all to reevaluate such attitudes? If Ukrainian people can die to protect their country and their democracy for their children, I think that we Americans can be slightly inconvenienced for our children and the next generations to come.

I own an electric vehicle. It is inconvenient to own an electric vehicle. But I weigh that inconvenience against my belief that I’m doing my share to protect the environment and to not rely on gasoline.

I think it’s time for Americans to inconvenience themselves more for the truths we are seeing all around us. Truths about taking nothing for granted that we have — or benefit from — and certainly not taking for granted Mother Earth’s generosity.

Paula Angelone, Ph.D.
Southampton Village