Thursday, April 22, 2010
Oh, Brother. It's Earth Day, Again.
Let me explain. Hubband and I are conservative. Fiscally, socially, and (for Hubband) politically. As a conservative, it is often assumed that I do not care about the planet. That I would strip mine Yosemite for quick cash. Or have 15 kids who eat an all beef diet and each drive their own SUV. That could not be further from the truth. God gave us stewardship over this planet. We are to care for it, and in return, we can use it and its resources for our needs. We are not to destroy it like spoiled children on Christmas morning. Ultimately, the earth is still His and should be respected.
It is true that I am suspicious of the modern green movement, which I view as commercial and highly politicized, the result being mass marketed 'green' ideas with unintended consequences. (Where are all of those hybrid car batteries going to go? And all of those florescent light bulbs with mercury in them?) And someone, somewhere (who probably doesn't give a flying fig-newton about the environment), is getting very, very, very rich.
On the flip-side, I heard on the radio this morning that you could fit every person on the planet into the state of Texas, and each man, woman, and child would have one thousand square feet of space. This was used as a counter-argument to those concerned about over-population. Well, that's just stupid. True, as to the population/square footage ratio. But stupid as an argument. The over-population argument is not that there is not enough room for the people, but not enough resources. Oh, how stupid pisses me off.
So, on this Earth Day, I send out a call, to you, my readers. Buy less, use less, throw away less. And, at all cost, let's avoid stupid. (And if you get hungry, check out these adorable Earth Day Treats from my friends the Dickinsons over at G'day, eh!)