I am fully aware that this post will seem as though it’s coming out of left field. I am not a political blogger by any means and tend to avoid topics that could possibly cause conflict. Yet today I’m setting myself up for that conflict I work so hard to avoid. I am going to broach a political topic.
Fortunately, it’s not quite as hot-button a topic as abortion or gay marriage or anything like that (although I do have my opinions there). Instead, it’s the whole environmentally-friendly fad that’s going around. It’s been on my mind a lot lately, what with the media shoving it down our throats and TV show after TV show having special “green” episodes.
As you may have already gathered, I don’t buy into it. The more I hear about how our earth is going to hell in a handbasket, the more I roll my eyes. Each timeline of doom that we’re given, warning us that our days are even more limited than we’d thought, is more ridiculous than the last. I absolutely believe global warming is a myth. And Al Gore’s Nobel Prize? Don’t even get me started.
I sigh when I hear people discussing ways to save the earth. Buying a hybrid car will not save the earth, nor will using paper bags instead of plastic–or vice versa. Changing that thermostat to save energy or reusing your bath water one time will barely make a difference. Yes, if every person were to make that same change, perhaps it might make a noticeable difference, but that will never happen. There are too many people like me out there who would rather live the life of a consumer than a responsible earth-saving citizen.
Funny, though. If you were to look at our family’s habits, you would find very little to criticize. Yes, I use disposable diapers instead of cloth (I have a real problem with poop), and perhaps we don’t always turn off lights when we leave the room (although we usually do). But we are not wasteful people. We don’t leave the water on when we brush our teeth or run the air conditioner or heater excessively. Every one of the light bulbs in the house is fluorescent. We are not the evil, wasteful consumer that the media has drawn such a clear picture of.
The difference is that we are responsible about our money. Wasting water and electricity costs us money. We’re not going to buy a hybrid yet because they are not yet cost-effective, but when they are we will look into it. If it happens to save the earth as well, great.
I wonder what will happen when the “green” fad passes the way of the pet rock. When scientists finally prove definitively that global warming is a farce and the earth is not a ticking time bomb, will the media stop shoving environmental friendliness down our throats? And at the same time, will they stop finding ways to save us money on energy? Because as much as the fad annoys me, I’m willing to put up with it if it means saving me a few bucks.