Today’s green movement, as practiced by many in the middle class is a travesty, a disingenuous, deceptive, and appalling example of insincere appearances and hypocritical behaviors. For many in suburbia, the green movement resembles a dysfunctional faith, full of preaching, rife with sin and condoning hypocrisy.
For those of us who genuinely aspire to join, it’s disheartening to witness the artificiality of suburbanites whose excessive and irresponsible lifestyles manage to escape everyday scrutiny.
Recently persuaded by government, media, and go-green social pressure, I took part in Bike to Work Day, which coincidentally happened next to, “drive the kids to school day, every day, two times a day, all year.” This limo service parents provide is in direct conflict with the premise of why some of us would attempt to bike to work. The fear-based suburban script reads that there might be a crack shack on every corner, and a potential sex offender on every block, but is this really the reality?
A lot of suburban’s own huge disproportionate homes— energy-sucking, cookie-cutter castles — fit for a family of eight, then boast that they changed the light bulbs, all 97 of them, to CFLs. Some indulge themselves in trendy tropical holiday flights that burn half a year’s car fuel in six hours then parade around town in a hybrid car.
Simplistic insincerities that no-one seems to ever question and perhaps worse put under social examination.
Owning a mansion may have seemed important, until the reality of heating, powering, and running it set in. All of the space and lots of it, has a cost. And for today and the tomorrows of our children, these homes are an example of a trendy life that will bring big consequences, one our kids will be burdened with fixing for decades to come.
These examples should be unacceptable in today’s informed world. What’s opportune for a suburbanite in vanity, pleasure, or expedience, is ultimately what’s dictating consumerism and thus proliferating the destruction of the earth’s ecology as we know it.
Jeff Hunkin, Vernon