Green fatigue

It goes like this:
Someone: I see you drive a Prius, that’s great!
Me: Thanks!
Someone: You will find that people in Seattle are very concerned with the environment, unlike in other places.
Me: I found there was a high degree of environmentalism in New York.
Someone: Oh, really?

And sometimes I read stupid things like these:

  • You should never eat meat, and become a vegetarian. Do it for the environment.
  • Bottled water is evil. Filtered tap water tastes great, anyway.
  • The problem is India and China becoming wealthier. We must tutor them.
  • Don’t eat mammals, they have souls. Mollusks are OK, they’re too small to have souls.

The last item comes from Michael Pollan’s famous Omnivore’s Dilemma – yes, really.
I like to think I’m pretty green, but I’m getting tired of all the sanctimony I get fed. I will continue to eat red meat. I will continue to eat fish. I tried the water filter, and Seattle tap water still tastes nasty. I don’t know why nobody worries about plants’s souls, or killing plants. And I continue to be surprised that over-population is rarely mentioned as an environmental threat.

Here is a cartoon from the wonderful xkcd that got a laugh out of me:
xkcd comic

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About Jaime Silvela

My favorite chemical element is Potassium.
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5 Responses to Green fatigue

  1. Kermit says:

    Buenísimo, lo de los moluscos.
    La gente, en general, encuentra una causa y se pone de un ñoño que da asco. El otro día, un señor que tiene aire acondicionado en su casa me echó un sermón por beber agua mineral. Cuando le dije que el agua del grifo me sienta mal, poco menos que me llamó mentiroso.
    En fin, cuánto cretino suelto en el mundo.

  2. Miwa says:

    Omnivore’s Dillemma is one of the books I’ve been wanting to read for some time, but the comment about mollusks surprised me – must add to that blog, “white people think it’s OK to eat mollusks because they have no soul”!

  3. That’s funny!
    The book has very good information, but about half of the pages are taken by Pollan preaching. Good to read, but I wouldn’t buy it.

  4. Pues sí, vaya cretinos hay sueltos. Seguro que cuando se va de vacaciones al sur, como mínimo exige un campito de golf bien regado.

  5. elena says:

    Yo cada vez estoy más harta de lo de lo verde. Procuro serlo, pero cada vez veo más engañifa. Es cómo las grandes marcas, vendiendote que una cosa es casera, ecológica, etc. Y luego piensas, si esto lo han traido en camión desde China, etc., muy casero y muy ecológico no puede ser. Y cerca del despacho hay una tienda de comida ecológica. La fruta es carísima, pero una porquería. Así que sigo comprando en el mercado, aunque llevo carrito para que no me den bolsas, etc.

    Total, que me estoy obsesionando y amargando sóla, ya me da agobio coger el coche (aunque sea para ir a Entrepeñas, donde no hay posibilidad de ir de otra forma), etc. Así que como encima venga alguien a acusarme de poco ecológica, etc, soy capaz de agredirles, o algo

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