What quote am I vibing? "Hey, I'm on sort of a self-improvement kick - do you think you can help me out? Get me all horny for the environment or whatever." Eleanor Shellstrop, The Good Place
Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild since Last Post: 31
Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild in 2020: 765
All-Time Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild: 1289
I get really excited when a show delves into an environmental activism storyline - Queer Eye, The Politician, The Good Place - from which I pulled my current quote. But, it is a little discouraging that being an environmental activist, or even someone who makes every-day decisions with planet-forward thinking, is deemed as kind of "out there" or not quite normal. It isn't hard to make good choices for the Earth. Now, when I see people using paper towels or plastic water bottles, I find it hard to believe that they are not conscious of the effect that those industries have had on our planet.
The fossil fuel industries and the political and social machines that have backed their money-stacking efforts have done a great job of making things that were normal in "the good old days" seem strange. It isn't weird to re-use things and not be wasteful. Water isn't healthier when it comes out of, until recently, cancer-causing plastic. Life doesn't have to be about acquiring the next, newest, fastest thing. And, it shouldn't be weird to think that. It should be weird to guzzle 12 ounces of water out of a bottle made out of ancient sea corpses and then throw that bottle onto the street. Looking forward to a future that makes more sense!