Hey Mr. Green,
In your book, you seem to agree with Kermit that "it's hard to be green.” What's so hard about doing nothing? And what could be greener? Aside from exhaling carbon dioxide (more than offset by my trees), I do as little as possible. Some call it laziness but I call it living green.
–Steve in San Rafael, California
Ah yes, my book: A fabulous guide to all aspects of green living, except for its painfully outdated positive rating of BP. To obtain a copy, click on “special sale price” to the right.
As a true genius at doing nothing, I concur with your basic premise. But Steve, please, the culture, economy, and politics in which we are imprisoned does make it hard for many folks to be green in a world that is by its very design miserably, profligately, sinfully un-green.
Consider just one of the many environmental insults—fossil fuels. Our lives today literally depend on fossil fuels, from cradle to grave, from the power in the hospital where you were born to the hearse that will haul you to your final resting place. For this very reason, you’d think we’d do everything possible to conserve such precious resources and to use them as sparingly as possible. But no. The mantra is “Drill baby drill” because, instead of seeing fossil fuels as means to valuable services, the energy industry regards them as mere commodities to be sold in ever greater volumes to ensure greater profits. Hence, even if the threat of climate change didn’t exist, there would be ample reasons to reduce fuel consumption. But politicians bought off by the energy business resist proposals to reduce consumption and to cut the risks that fossil fuels pose. Even after the historic disaster caused by BP in the Gulf of Mexico, they ignore the problems. For more on this unconscionable political torpor, and what you can do about it, click here.