Monday, February 05, 2007

A Self-Proclaimed Enviromentalist

The other day I was sifting through some old papers and I came across a Sierra Club bumper sticker. And I'm currently contemplating placing on my SUV.

Yes, I know. Placing a Sierra Club sticker on an SUV....I think that's a semi-oxymoron.

You see, I like the enviroment, I really do. I just think sometimes it's too much of a hassle to do anything about it. Now before you all think that I burn down the amazon in my freetime, let me explain myself.

I hate wasting electricity, water, pollution, deforestation, the extinction of endangered species and all that.

And these are the following reasons why:

I think I realized how wasteful I am went I went on a backpacking trip last weekend. We boiled snow for water and used it as both our drinking water and for washing our dishes. When I think of all the time it took to convert snow to drinking water, I realized how much I waste water and don't even care.

I leave the water running when I brush my teeth, my toilet is constantly running water because a lever is broken (I'm thinking of fixing it, or at least jiggling the handle...but on second thought that would mean that I would have to get up and actually do something) and, I take extremely long showers. Yep, I'm a water waster.

Regarding wasting electricity... It bothers me when people leave lights on all over the house. Call it a pet peeve of mine. The reason it bothers me so much is because I know that my electricity bill will be sky high the following month. So in the end, I'm not about energy conservation, I'm for a lower electric bill.

I'm for recycling. I just don't do it.
I used to recycle all the time in highschool. I had the bins, I had a plan. And the plan worked for a long time. I recycled aluminum cans, newspapers, milk jugs, laundry detergent jugs, and even tins cans and glass. Wow! I was on a role. The only problem was that the recycle man came around once in a blue moon. So we had a whole garage full of stinking recycable things. After a couple of months, my dad curtailed my enviromental ambitions and took it all to the junkyard. Sigh.

And now, I am without bins and without a plan. I should do something about this.

So really I am a self-proclaimed enviromentalist. I just don't do anything about it.

Should I return my Sierra club card now?

3 comments:

shinbone #4 said...

Hahaha.. I completely understand that! I too am all for recycling and saving electricity, etc... I wold NEVER call myself an envorinmentalist though, because a lot of them seem to be loonies. You're not a loonie are you my dear?
Still, it can be hard to find a way to recycle when your community/roommates/family don't encourage it... it's easier to go with the flow. And I also save electricity, but probably for the same reasons. I was cured of the water wasting though by living in Israel. Water is such a precious commodity there you HAVE to make changes for the sake of everyone really.

Scuba Steve said...

it sucks when we realize that our altruism for or toward people or an idea is really just slefishness in disguise... don't worry too much girl, it happens to the best of us... and the putziest of us...

konecny said...

Ah Jev, you really are too sweet, and so correct. How did you ever know?