bin Laden Goes Green

by Karen Topakian

What kind of world do we live in where Osama bin Laden makes more sense than our own elected leaders? Leaders like Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe and Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert.

Leaders who don’t believe in climate change. Global warming. Or our role as humans adversely affecting the environment.

Apparently Mr. bin Laden gets it. Because this is what he said about the destructive flooding in Pakistan. “The huge climate change is affecting our (Islamic) nation and is causing great catastrophes throughout the Islamic world.”

Granted he doesn’t spend any of his time or resources providing aid to the Islamic world just sowing destruction. But he recognizes the impact of our behavior on the environment.

If he really wanted to so something about it, he would speak out about the contribution that oil rich nations in the Islamic world make to climate change.  He would urge Islamic leaders to invest in clean energy and away from fossil fuels. He might even be able to persuade the Islamic world to champion this cause.

As a leader, which he is to many, he could use his network and influence for good instead of evil.

A girl can dream, can’t she?