Thursday, April 21, 2011

Saving the Planet: A Sliding Scale

Okay, I have a confession to make but you have to promise not to judge me.  You promise?  Well, then lean in.  Close.  Closer.

I've never participated in Earth Day before.  

(BTW, that was my attempt at cyber-whispering.  Just go with it.)

Now where were we?  Oh yes.  I'd just admitted that I'd never participated in Earth Day before.

Is that a crime?  Depends on who you ask.

So, let's ask George.  (Note:  I did't actually know George Carlin but if I did I'm almost certain he'd like me calling him George.  And again, just go with it.)

George, do you think it's a crime not to participate in Earth Day?  What's your opinion on all of this "saving the Earth" business?

[Video contains profanity]

Hmm.  Well, I think we can all agree that George doesn't think I've committed any crimes.  And I happen to think the man is a genius, so maybe I'm not so bad after all.

However, all [well, most] humor aside, I decided that I need to start becoming more conscious about the environment.  Don't get me wrong, I'm with George.  I don't think we're going to destroy the planet.  I think that's giving humans entirely too much credit.

To me, Earth Day or "being conscious about the environment" isn't about "saving the planet."  I think of it this way.  I may not be on a diet, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't pay any attention at all to what I eat.  I may not be counting calories, but I know not to make a habit out of eating ice cream everyday.

So what's my point?  I view everything on a sliding scale.  I can believe that there is no way to "save the planet," even that the planet doesn't need us to save it, while still realizing that I need to make better habits and teach my son to just be conscious.

What will we do to be more environmentally conscious you ask?

Ah.... slow down little grasshopper.  Earth Day isn't until tomorrow and it shall be revealed to ye then.

Update:  Want to find out what changes we made on Earth Day?  You can read about it here.


  1. Agree 100%! You don't need to be an "Environmentalist" or "Activist" to care about the Earth and treat her with respect. Right on sisah!

  2. Brilliant and bold post! I ride the fence of moderation and my husband is Mr.Green. It creates a scuffle at time, to be sure! I think he should read this post ;) Following from BloggyMoms! Come by and say hello :)

  3. Hi Jackie! Thanks for coming by my blog today. Just read this post and I am completely in agreement with you. I have never really been one to go out of my way to save the planet, but that doesn't mean that I would be unthoughtfully wasteful either. I know that there are always campaigns that surround the idea that one person can make a difference, but enough people have to do it in order for it to matter. I'm not afraid to admit that I'm no pioneer in this arena!

  4. Earth Day is in April? Hmmmmm... Who knew?!

  5. I think people are capitalizing on it to make money. I think there has to be a balance with everything.