The Earth thinks you’re a slacker

It would be nice if you could think about someone other than yourself for one minute. Frankly, I don’t think you have it in you. The Earth knows how you’ve been treating it, and it’s boiling lava mad.

Is it really that hard to toss your earth-killing water bottles in the recycling bin rather than the trash? And while we’re on the subject, what’s wrong with tap water? Try it. It’s delicious. Or at least as boring as bottled water.

Is it really that hard to think before you buy so you don’t even have to recycle? Reduce, after all, is the key to the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle.”

Is it really that hard—oh, forget it. You’ve heard it all before. The media’s eco-frenzy has become a double-edged sword: increased awareness of environmental causes has also made people immune to the phrases green, eco-friendly, environmentally safe, biodegradable, etc. The overkill makes you want to harm the environment. But don’t. It’s Earth Day people, so show some love. For inspiration, check out some of my other favorite environmental websites where you can find tips on reducing your footprint. Grist is a good one with snarky writing, and Plenty, an online complement to its print magazine, is a also a great resource.

Just do a little something, will you? Make one resolution in honor of Earth Day today and try to stick to it. Resolve to buy your fruit from a farmers’ market or pay your bills online or give up paper towels. You can go big and give up your car or start small and pledge to buy only organic eggs. If you need inspiration, check out No Impact Man that chronicles one man’s effort to live a year with as little impact as possible: no car, toxins, electricity, imported goods, takeout; in other words, eschewing many of life’s conveniences that are convenient for us but not for the Earth. Surely, you could change a light bulb or two.

Now, go hug a tree.


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