The day after Earth Day always leaves me wondering if I’m a hypocrite when it comes to my home???

I wonder, do we think people who obtain handicap parking tags are the same sort of people who leave their trash at the beach?  Who throw their waste out of their car windows while driving down the road?  It truly makes me go “hmmm.”  I’m going to make the assumption that a person who will fake a handicap, or worse, as I learned from some of my readers STEAL THEM OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE’S CARS, are more than likely the same sort of people who give zero fucks about the planet.  I feel like it is the same entitled shitty attitude that would cause somebody to knowingly pollute the planet around them.  As you know, yesterday was Earth Day, and although I didn’t speak specifically on honouring Mother Earth, I did touch on how we can better honour each other, and put kinder, more authentic energy out to the world, by not being a fraud and using handicapped parking spots when you’re fortunate and blessed enough to not be handicapped.  To me, respecting and caring about fellow human beings goes hand in hand with respecting and caring for our planet.

I have a serious struggle going on within myself every single day; and that is the one where I question whether or not I’m a hypocrite when it comes to taking care of the earth in the way that I should.  I wonder if I’m really all that awesome because I eat animal protein, which is not only not fun for the animals, but hard on our planet.  But then I think, well, I do eat only organic, free range, humanely raised protein…which helps, right?  I mean vegans eat quinoa and the countries where that grows have been known to clear out rain forests so they could plant more quinoa farms to make money.  Not cool.  So, so not cool.  Either way, in the end I’m painfully aware that the sort of protein I eat comes from a living being, with feelings, and emotions, and it bothers me.

I also have gas operated vehicles.  This is because I happen to think that cars are a lose, lose no mater how they run.  I think electric needs are the last thing we need to add more of, considering the drain on the infrastructure, and the fact that more countries still get their electricity from what I’ll call “dirty sources.”  Perhaps when our hydro is being created by solar, wind, etc, I might consider this sort of car.  Don’t even get me started on hybrid powered cars…the batteries don’t last as long, are not biodegradable, and the carbon footprint on what it takes to make not only the batteries, but the cars in general, all the back and forth crossing oceans multiple times before they end up in driveways is pretty scary.  Don’t believe me look it up.

I don’t wear fear, but I do wear leather : (

I recycle everything, and green bin my food products.  I don’t use pesticides on my lawns, or my dogs.  So yay, some points there.

I don’t have solar panels on either of my homes, but I do use Eco-friendly appliances, and use the speed wash load on my washer, and the minimum amount of time on the dryer.  I pick up trash whenever I see it, and never, ever litter, even with my gum.

In the end, I suppose what’s most important is that I, you, all of us do our part to make the world a better place.  Let’s act quickly though, so that the article I read this morning, stating that come 2050 there will be more plastic bottles in the oceans, than fish, doesn’t actually become our reality.  This is not a world I want to witness.  If that’s what’s going to be happening in the oceans, imagine what the land around us will look like?  I often wonder when I read articles like this, why don’t the Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Warren Buffet’s of the world ban together and send ships out in the ocean to “fish” all the trash out of them and bring it back to land to be processed, the same way land trash gets managed??  I mean if I had that sort of money that’s the first thing I would take on.  Listen, I know I’m no Leo DiCaprio, but I’m doing my part, every day, sometimes with grand gestures, but mostly with small ones.  On the subject of Leo, I will say this, I also don’t fly private jet every where I go, or tour around the oceans in yachts, which have their own negative impact on our planet…so in my own small way, I’d say I’m doing okay.

 

 

7 Comments

  1. I think all over the planet it is important to do what we can to care for Mother Earth.

    Industrialisation has been the greatest change underlining the problems we are faced with today. Not only that, but greed and the hunger for more profits as production continues without thought of pollution, waste, the affect on the environment, and the potential health threats to those involved in the production process, and consumers also. At the same time, consumerism and our changing lifestyles has continued to drive production.

    We can do the best we can, wherever we are, to follow the reduce, recycle, re-use way of living. In some places there are more recycling facilities than others, for instance, which affects the way end products are dealt with. In South Aust, there has been a 10 cent refund on plastic bottles and drink cans for 4 decades, with all these bottles then recycled. We also recycle soft plastic packaging and plastic bags (through supermarket collection bins; other plastic bottles and containers, bottle tops and miscellaneous small plastic items such as the tags used to close bread bags, by filling up a plastic milk bottle – these plastics being used in the laying of roads; glass bottles and jars; paper products/cardboard/cartons; tin cans and aluminium foil or foil products; batteries; light globes; mobile phones; appliances (these are broken down and parts re-used in other ways), and car tyres. Local councils provide kitchen scraps bins and appropriate bags that are compostable. We have hardly any landfill rubbish in our household, and I have to confess to being a ‘recycling ninja’. I just love it!

    Our state government has taken a path of renewable energy….however it still needs a lot of work to be really effective, and we have had soaring power prices for many years as a result.

    There’s all sorts of things one can do otherwise: using energy efficient lighting, appliances and cars; consuming fair trade products; consuming local produce where possible, and more. I think it’s a big ask to expect oneself to do it all, though if we all do our bit, I think it’s better than nothing.

    You could very well be right about those who are unauthorised users of disabled parking spots caring very little for the planet and fellow human beings….whoever is doing it, there are still many rubbish related problems, such as litter left on beaches and in other outdoor spaces – though for example there are national parks where you must carry everything you need in with you and everything back out again…and plastics pollution in rivers is a big problem here, as well as in the ocean. If only all those folk would wake up!

  2. Everything we purchase can be made by being conscious about the decisions we make. I don’t necessarily agree with your fossil fuel argument but as long as you’ve done the research on electric cars and feel comfortable with your decision than you should feel good about it. I think the best thing any of us can do is tackle the issues we are passionate about. Perhaps it’s buying fair trade chocolate or clothes that have been sourced from audited factories against sweatshops. Perhaps it’s refusing to buy bottled water. However I will add this: in order to move society forward we need people who are willing to take the next step. In Toronto, we recycle into our green and blue bins because it’s now the cultural norm. To really make changes though, it is very important to consider the “what else” scenario; what else can I do to push the agenda forward? If we don’t step up then we become complacent doing only what society expects us to.

  3. I do what I can to minimize my carbon footprint, but in Texas, everything is fairly far away, and it pretty much requires driving everywhere. The bus system is pathetic, (compared to Europe’s), and it takes 1.5 to 2.0 hours to go 15 to 20 miles. Plus changing buses at least one time.
    As long as everyone is aware, and does everything they reasonably can, then I don’t see how more can be expected. But you’re right, it’s those who don’t care about anything except themselves that make life even harder than it needs to be. I can’t pinpoint any one thing that has brought us humans to our current state of affairs. However, selfish people can’t seem to realize that cooperation is more likely to benefit them in the short and long run than narcissism.

  4. My dear girl, don’t beat yourself up. We are the inheritors of a long line of major polluters, as are most people in industrialize societies.
    Where to begin. Okay, you eat meat, so what. You can drive yourself crazy with all the arguments against it, but the reality is humans have eaten meat for tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of years, and our bodies have evolved in a way that makes meat an important part of our diet. I know all the arguments–it’s inhumane, it is wasteful, it isn’t necessary for our well-being.

    While at one level all of that might be true, we can’t change our heritage all that quickly. First we can eat less meat. This is a site in the Harvard Health Blog that calculates nutritional needs based on height, weight, and lifestyle.
    https://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/interactiveDRI/ According to this I need 58 grams of protein a day, and I can get that from a variety of sources, not just animal protein. Even if I did get the RDA amount of protein per day from meat, 58 grams is only 2.5 ounces, which is a tiny amount compared to what we, as a group, consume.

    Eating organic is good for you and the planet, so you are doing the right thing there.

    Plastic and other solid waste is the real threat to our planet. The plastic that is in the ocean has degraded into tiny little bits that threaten all life in the oceans. This “confetti” manages to starve all flora and fauna in the seas by blocking or replacing solids in what creatures feed upon, and since they have no way to process or eliminate this detritus, it cuts off access to real nutrition. We must stop using plastic bottles as much as we can, and recycle as much as we can. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is the key.

    How do we awaken the population to the danger that plastics pose to the planet? There have been many PSAs and nature/science programs on the topic, but I believe we need a real shocker that demonstrates how profoundly these wastes effect our planet.

    Continue to live your life responsibly, and with the good of the planet in mind, and you will be fine.

  5. Like everyone, I have gaps in my “greenness” although I think I do a pretty good job on the biggies, like driving a small fuel efficient car and combining errands, keeping my house at 68, using geothermal heat and a tankless water heater. Looking forward to the Tesla solar shingles being perfected. But it has to fit into our lifestyle, doesn’t it. I don’t religiously recycle every scrap, I eat meat (love it in fact), occasionally use weed killer for poison ivy. But if everyone did just half the things they could, we’d make great strides.

    http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/807479/52-cheap-ways-to-go-green

  6. At least we try to be kind to people and the planet and do our small part. Certainly not hypocritical to try and live in this world and do as little damage as we can! xo

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