Summertime – most everybody loves it. It’s the perfect time of the year to go to the beach or the mountains (or both). Sure, the heat can be oppressive, but we can beat it with the modern miracles of air conditioning and swimming pools. Summer is also a great time of year for hanging out with family and friends. On Sundays after church, my family gets together and grills out by the pool.
But there’s one group of new Puritans who don’t want you to enjoy your summer – environmentalists. That’s right, the climate change folks want to drain the fun out of your life for the sake of the planet. A new study from Sweden’s Lund University suggests the measures we must take to rid the globe of that dastardly CO2 – and it’s going to drain the fun from your summer.
Want to drive to the beach, the lake, or the mountains this summer? Don’t – you need to live car-free. And don’t even think about a vacation that requires air travel.
Thinking of slapping some hamburgers on the grill? Sorry, you need to give up meat and switch to a plant-based diet.
Love relaxing in the air conditioning? Too bad, because the A/C has to go.
Looking forward to family time with the kids? We’ve gotta talk, because the number one climate-saving act you can undertake is to have fewer kids. (Parents, I’ll give you a minute to decide which of the kids you want to bump off.)
Other suggestions include forgoing mowing the grass, keeping chickens in the yard (free range, of course), and hanging the laundry out to dry – not to mention writing letters to corporations and elected officials and getting involved in environmental causes. Yes, exciting summers await!
As Julie Kelly puts it over at National Review:
So your life, according to the Merchants of Misery, should look something like this: stuck at home without a car, washing laundry in cold water and then clipping it on a clothesline while chasing down chickens and preparing locally grown vegetables for dinner. It’ll be just like Little House on the Prairie!
The people who make up the radical environmentalist movement truly are the new Puritans. They want to strip away all of our modern conveniences and take us back to the days of the pioneers, if not further back. The 21st century Luddites believe that the only way to ensure our future is to live in the past.
It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: the environmental movement is based on the assumption that God does not exist; therefore the planet becomes a god. Instead of enjoying the planet we’ve been blessed with and simply being good stewards of it, the climate change crowd thinks it’s up to us to turn back the clock on innovation and convenience in order to protect their idol.
My advice to you as summer winds down: enjoy it and make the most of it. Have a great time swimming, grilling, and traveling with all of your kids, and make more of them if you want. Thank God for the amazing gift of His creation, and help take care of it, of course, as you enjoy the benefits that modern technology affords us.
Don’t let the new Puritans tell you what to do, and by all means, don’t let them steal your fun this summer!