Sunday, March 7, 2010

New names plus 2 questions

Our latest additions - bringing us up to 20:

Sylvia - Texas
Paul - Texas
JR - Pennsylvania
Cathy- Pennsylvania
Adrian - Pennsylvania

Yesterday I met one veteran Green Party activist who remonstrated against the language of the 10 steps. I want to request your opinion on two questions regarding step 2, which formerly read: I understand that carbon emissions are a threat to life on Earth.
In response to the criticism I've added the word "excessive" before emissions. Is this a good change?
Should we qualify "life" in that statement, eg. "present life," "life as we know it," "current species"? Or is it unnecessary to spell it out? My original idea was to keep the steps short, and spell things out on a separate sheet.

While we're at it, are there any other comments, suggestions, criticisms of the language in the "Steps?" My hope is to have this material as clear and concise as possible by Earth Day.



Bete said...

I think the change is good. I like "life as we know it" because I do believe whatever changes come life will persist. I think it is worth making it more specific. Bete - Brazil

Anonymous said...

I agree with that...

Dick, Pennsylvania

Sofia said...

I agree too.

Anonymous said...

I think the change is fine, but I didn't see the old language as a problem. I think we understand that to mean "excessive," its in the nature of the project.
Thanks for including me in this important work!

Greta said...

Thanks for your comment.

I agree about the old language, and would have been happy to keep it short and concise, but sometimes language becomes an obstacle, and a qualifier or two can make things clearer and more accurate.

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