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Today I came to a realization: nobody actually gives a damn about the environment. Yes, I realize that I am probably one of the last of the naive and idealistic to come to terms with this. I realize that my dad is *gasp* right! I realize that people will say anything to make themselves look/feel good.

But when you can’t do a simple thing like use a plastic, washable cup instead of taking a paper cup that you are later going to throw in the trash, I call bullsh*t. My work offers both plastic and paper cups and initially, when I saw that someone was eating in, I would hand them a plastic cup. But I got sick of hearing “Can I have a to-go cup instead?” so now I ask. And 9 times out of 10, people want paper cups. Even though we have a sign encouraging people to “Go green!”

People talk about the environment and how the polar ice caps are melting and landfilles are going to take over the world and the polar bear is suffering and how we need to carpool or use mass transport. But who actually gives enough of a damn to do something about it? Not many people that I can see! I don’t see people making sacrifices. I see the same consumeristic, me first, only-if-it-is-convenient-for-me attitude that I saw 10 years ago.

People don’t car pool. They don’t ride their bikes or walk or take the bus. (Granted, I wouldn’t want to rely on the public transportation system in Indiana either.) They still sit in the drive-thru. They still mow their lawns on “no-zone action” days. They still don’t recycle because their neighborhood doesn’t offer that service. They still litter and smoke and use plastic/paper bags at the grocery store. And they still want paper cups. Hell, even Al Gore is full of crap and he’s been the loudest squawker about this subject.

I’m not saying I’m a saint. I don’t carpool or take the bus. I usually get the plastic/paper bags at the grocery. I sit in the drive-thru. But I try to make a conscious effort. I recycle (obsessively so). I don’t litter. And I use the plastic cups. Because I don’t just want to be all talk and no action. I can always do better and I hope that I will always strive to do better. I believe that Jesus is coming to create a new heavens and new earth but I don’t believe that that gives us license to trash the earth He gave us in the first place.

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Listening: ‘What Sound’ by Lamb

Reading: ‘A Grief Observed’ by C.S. Lewis

Thinking: I wish being an adult didn’t involve making tough choices.

How to Annoy Me: Treat God like a genie that you only need when something is going wrong.

How to Charm Me: Promise to walk beside me in this.

Quote of the Day: To get through the hardest journey we need only take one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping. – Chinese Proverb

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