Actually yes, but when it comes to personal interest, especially monetary ones, then many people are going to sacrifice what might be beneficial to the environment.
There is a relatively new discipline called environmental psychology. I read once in NY Times that some experts in the field suggested that for most people, doing something environmentally friendly such as using energy saving appliances is like investing in the future, with the outcome or yield that consists a lot of uncertainties (mostly also because protecting the environment also needs a collective effort). On the other hand, if they just follow the convention (being business as usual, or making environmentally unfriendly choices), they can enjoy the benefit(s) right now. Therefore, most people see things in a short term, rather than the long term health and benefit for the environment, which to them is highly uncertain and uncontrollable.
Just look at Al Gore, his mansion in Tennessee is definitely lavish and consumes a lot of electricity, with some of the consumption being unnecessary
: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2 ... s/main2522844.shtml
His work of popularizing environmentalism is definitely undeniable, but whether he personally walks the talk, I don't know.
There are many hypocritical, or pseudo-environmentalists around
People have to look around critically
to see who are those genuine environmentalists.
[ 本帖最後由 pyling 於 2010-5-27 21:44 編輯