– Not have children;
– Dramatically reduce our prosperity;
– Give up our cats and dogs;
– Sweat in the summer without air conditioning;
– Freeze in the winter with low heat settings;
– Only eat slow food;
– Become vegan;
– Greatly reduce travel;
– Etc., Etc. Etc.
Now, we are being told that we can save the planet by going to bed early. From the story:
The Japanese government has launched a campaign encouraging people to go to bed and get up extra early in order to reduce household carbon dioxide emissions. The Morning Challenge campaign, unveiled by the Environment Ministry, is based on the premise that swapping late night electricity for an extra hour of morning sunlight could significantly cut the nation’s carbon footprint.
Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise,” even calling such a lifestyle a “religious duty.” He never dreamed his bromide would become a prescription for saving the planet.
Wait a minute: Hysterics tell us that to save the planet, the “wealthy” part will have to go. And greater poverty reduces health. It seems to me that if we give into global warming hysteria, that will prove we are not “wise.” But, adopting that lifestyle could still considered a religious duty as part of neo earth worship, so at least the entire quote might not have to be thrown in the dumpster.