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Some of us get off on living the sustainable life.
We self-righteously ride around town in home-sewn eco-jumpsuits on our salvaged bicycles, laden with local seasonal organic bio-dynamic farmer’s market veggies and a solar panel, peddle-charging our batteries to run our laptops so we can post unassailably awesome blog posts like this one.
We look down our noses at the people/slugs we pass in SUVs. In the backseat, behind two more planet-hogging rug rats in car-seats, the car is stuffed with ten more plastic Safeway bags full of over-packaged, over-processed, animal torturing, earth-murdering muggle slop: cases of coke, frozen vegetables, plastic-wrapped kid-sized snack packs chock full of high-fructose-corn-heroin.
And as we roll past this four-wheeled suburban toxic waste dump, we think privately to ourselves: “Damn, I am so freakin’ good. My carbon footprint is about as big as a dandelion’s. Someone should give me the Nobel peace prize.”
You get the picture.
Fact is, though, if even if you do live as green as the caricature above, you’re not sustainable. Not even close.
No. Wait. I’m not going to tell you yet another thing you can do to refuse/re-use/reduce/recycle. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already doing just fine by yourself. The thing is, though, the lady in the SUV isn’t. Your neighbor probably isn’t. Your mom probably isn’t.
Look. Let’s break it down. Imagine that you in your ultra-green way eat 25 lbs. of local seasonal organic produce in a month while each of your 10 nearest neighbors each eat 25 lbs. of conventional produce shipped from far-away places. If instead of your usual self-congratulating you got down off your high horse and organized a CSA (community supported agriculture) delivery to your block, you could get those 10 neighbors eating (let’s be conservative) half their produce from the CSA box. That amounts to 125 lbs. less conventional food getting shipped around the globe.
The key idea here is, of course, dialogue – with your peers, friends, relatives and neighbors – about the million things every one of us can do to live a more sustainable life; things you might be rocking out on amidst an ocean of others who just don’t know any better.
This is where you come in.
[Music: Mi Glitch by Urtzi]