It’s Not Easy Being Green

The “Green Revolution” has begun. Green, the vibrant color of life, vitality, health, and a good chunk of this planet. But it’s not easy being green, no, in fact it is the hardest thing anyone could possibly do, and yet so many claim to be “going green”.

The consumer driven machine will claim that going green is as easy as buying more products, and as oxymoronic as that is, many believe this lie. These concerned citizens rush out to buy tons of metal and plastic Priuses, ‘green’ cleaning products, and reusable shopping bags. It is a valiant effort, really, but have these people actually stopped to think about where any of this crap comes from?

Hmmm, lets see, in order to make a healthier planet….oh yeah, buy more stuff! Naturally…

What ever happened to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? The first, and most important one, REDUCE!! The planet isn’t getting any better by pumping it full of more hungry, demanding humans, no matter how many water bottles you claim to save with your canteen. Reduce the humans, reduce the waste, reduce consumption. It’s just as easy as going green.

I could rant on for hours about consumerism and how the demand for more is ruining us all, but there is another important element here: Time.

Time is more important than all the money and power in the world. Time will keep on moving without you, it doesn’t care about you, but you’d be a fool to not care about it.

And there’s the clincher. Time is what you need to “Go Green”. One would have to take the time to think about the impact their actions have on the rest of the world; to take the time to make a difference one would have to re-prioritize their entire life. Going green isn’t very easy at all. There’s a lot to consider, and taking the time to account for all those factors is frankly too overwhelming for most people. I find it overwhelming. Why can’t I just eat a cheeseburger and not take the time to think about all the resources it took to raise the cow, the pollution the cow produces, and the suffering the cow endures? Why must I take the time to wonder if there is a better alternative? I’m an American dammit! Why can’t someone else worry about this, I just want a cheeseburger?!

Well, we Americans aren’t very Green. Unless of course you count being green with envy…

If you really want to go green, fuck your Prius, get a used bike and take the time to cycle your fat ass where ever you need to go. (Then you won’t need to take the time to go to a gym). Take the time to grow a garden, and you wont need to buy that expensive organic stuff (It grows from trees…imagine that)! If one simply took the time to ponder what is really important in this life, they probably wouldn’t need to spray their lawn with pesticides to make it look better than the neighbor’s, because running around barefoot with their family through the grass is far more important.

Most importantly, take the time to educate yourself about the decisions you make. Take the time to not be fooled by the very corporations that profit from your good intentions. Take the time to really go green, and not in the snake-like way.

About mindofthemasses

S.G. is a creative scientist that often ponders the state of the world in sad confusion. Befuddled by how far from harmony the human race has come, she tries to make sense of it all with intuition, reason, and above all else an open mind.
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