Friday, April 23, 2010

Earth Day, a day late

I surprised myself by not posting yesterday... Maybe because as much as I love the idea of Earth Day, for me every day is (and should be) Earth Day. I confess that yesterday I didn't do anything different than I would have any other day.

People's negative attitudes toward being green really get me down a lot of the time. I especially hate it when a BIG company like Staples announces a green initiative they're taking (and let me tell you, they do sooo much!! They're really inspirational), on their Facebook page for example, and instead of congratulating them or respecting that a BIG company like that is seeing how important it is... people just say negative things about "being green is a waste of time and money" or the like.

Why is it a waste?
Does it HURT anyone to be more green?

I read a great article in Reader's Digest a year or two ago and that was the author's main question.

Maybe right now there is still a lot of debate about whether or not climate change has been caused by man. Let's say by miracle of miracles that humans have had no influence on the Earth's changing climate whatsoever. (And let me tell you how relieved I would be to hear that!) Even so... does being green and being less wasteful HURT anything?

I only wish that someone could convince me that humans have nothing to do with it.

I hope that in a few years I'm proven wrong and the honeybee population bounces back and we can continue to enjoy affordable fruit and vegetables, not to mention everything else for which the bees are responsible.

I would love for all of the environmental worst-case-scenarios you hear about to be proven wrong and ridiculous.



Doris Sturm said...

Ditto, Samantha, what is happening to mankind? Please tell me it's in the water or the air that makes people consistently more stupid, selfish and ignorant about anything than their own needs.

I seem to recall people being more responsible and reasonable in my parent's age (of course they were busy inventing plastic) but still - nobody sued over spilling hot coffe on themselves and pointing the finger at someone else whenever they screwed up - this absense of personal responsibility is an epidemic and I can't help but wonder why people are getting dummer instead of smarter - and those stupid judges who actually hear such ridiculous cases...I'm shaking my head and as weird as this may sound, I'm actually not sorry to be this old, knowing I'll not be around much longer to witness even more human selfishness, ignorance and greed. I know there are a lot of caring people in this world and a lot of actors who use their power and influence to do good, but on the small scale, it is simply not happening - at least not where I live. People are breeding like rabbits and nobody cares about the future - smoking and littering as if there were no tomorrow...I am ashamed to call myself a human being sometimes.

Anonymous said...

I agree, I feel so frustrated seeing so much over-consumption. When will people realize that health is much more important than material things, and we will no longer have that, the more we continue to pollute and create health problems; no single person will be able to buy themselves out of that crisis!!!

Mike's Air Conditioning said...

They are foolish who think it is a very big waste of time.There are big names and companies who are supporting the cause and rightfully so.It is going to benefit everyone of us.

Samantha G said...

Doris I have thought the same thing. Best case scenario, everyone worried about greenhouse gasses and the effects of those will be proven wrong and we'll all live happily ever after. Worst case scenario... well I don't even want to think about that, but it does make me glad that I probably won't be around for toooo much of it!

Thanks everyone for your comments! :)