persons who have stopped believing in God, but still act as if they were the purest of the purest
Oooh! Let’s see how far we get on this one before the hammer falls
Of course people who don’t believe in God are better than those who do.
People who believe in God do all their good works for their own benefit, because they believe that their reward will be in heaven, whereas those who do good with no religious motivation are doing it only for the benefit of other people and other species.
To be fair from the perspective of having read science and being passionate about the virtues of the OP’s sentiments I have always felt there could be two sides to the debate. I believe there is no doubt the side products of recent human existence (in geological time scales) has contributed to factors that will cause global warming to a substantial degree, BUT we also know the global climate has changed very substantially on numerous occasions WITHOUT knowing the cause. That definitely means we should limit our impact, because it is the only sensible way to deal with events we do not understand. However, ultimately understanding how to better control our climate would seem a more important ulitmate goal. Perhaps, just perhaps, some of the technologies we have been forced to consider will allow a greater degree of control in future – I am very interested for example about the idea of spraying sea water into the atmosphere to cause polar cooling, if this is as cost effective as being suggested. Permanently locking carbon dioxide away, as well as being able to switch to non carbon fuels, would seem equally as important.
We might, we just might, move towards a period of global cooling for reasons we dont understand (perhaps because the sun enters a period of less activity) and out ability to influence our climate in a different way may be equally important.
I think it is best if I avoid religion.
I agree with Timothy on the “good works” issue but with the condition that unfortunately these days there is a huge amount of “virtue signalling” going on. Therefore, non religious people can/do get their reward “on earth” because they post everything all over Facebook so their 10,000 “friends” can see what marvelous people they are.
I am sure Stacey Dooley thought she was doing a great job boosting her PR halo when she picked up that cute African child. She was then correctly accused or “white-splaining” by a Twitter storm. In addition, lots of celebs will try to do high profile works to get an MBE/ OBE. I admire people who do things in a very low key way where you find out years later what things they did to try and make a difference.
Back to the topic, some of the first carbon trading schemes that came out were scams, however in general I think they are a good idea as the market mechanism should direct the investment to where it captures most carbon for the lowest cost. Things like trees and solar lamps can have a huge positive benefit. Also most money will be end up in developing countries as small investments there yield huge results. You get more bang for your buck installing a solar lamp in a remote off grid location in Africa than trying to do further work trying to clean up the exhaust on a brand new Ford Focus in the UK.