Thursday, August 06, 2009
Yes, I care about the environment...
I recycle to the point of obsessing - and things that cannot be recycled at work, I take home with me. We are power conservers. We drive as little as possible, carpool as much as possible, and try not to purchase things that create lots of garbage and/or recycling.
But. Is it just me, or are some of the people who are latching onto the green bandwagon just a teeny bit irritating?
I read something from someone in an online writers group I am a part of that sparked this post. We were doing introductions (no, I did not say, "Hi, I'm Riot Kitty! I love to use the word "fuck!") and while most people stuck to the basics (name, city, type of writing, what we do during the day to pay bills), a couple of people waxed poetic about their hobbies. Or rather, they went on very un-poetically, 'cause I couldn't give a shit.
For starters, I just *hate* that. This is supposed to be a professional group. I don't care what you eat for breakfast.
So anyhow, said writer was going on and on and on about how she "is very concerned about limiting my carbon footprint." Anyone who uses those last two words, I tell you, is some kind of idiot. Notice that the car companies manufacturing huge SUVS (I'm talking about the ones big enough to cart around an NFL team) use that lingo to justify charging several thousand dollars more for a vehicle that STILL won't get 20 mpg!
Anyway - not two sentences later, she proved my point. Among her "hobbies" is ordering things online from as far away as Canada to be delivered to her, in her current city of residence - which is in South America.
I kid you not.
Tip for the uninitiated: if you're really concerned about the environment, try not to order things that must be shipped halfway around the world. All of that burning of fossil fuels and such, sweetheart.
Then again, she's probably one of those people who think buying "carbon credits" is OK, rather than bothering to use fewer resources to begin with. Either that, or she doesn't wear deodorant.