The green movement perpetuates its own stereotypes

It isn’t pollution that is hurting the environment, it’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.
~Dan Quayle

This kind of shit really pisses me off. Apparently to be truly “green” you have to own/want a Prius, be able to afford organic and free range foods, have enough space to grow a garden, and be willing and able to fight for every eco-cause on the planet. Not to mention annoy all your friends by harping on them to do the same.

And they wonder why more people aren’t jumping on their little green hybrid bandwagon.

Considering the staggering amount of people I meet that are obsessed with television and celebrities, I’m pretty sure the average American believes you have to either be rich or crazy (or both) to go green. And a lot of these “cute, harmless” quizzes are only perpetuating the stereotype of green living as something for crazy earth mother tree hippies with too much damn money.

You know what I notice about the celebrities listed here and here? One, the articles focus mainly on global warming. Fuck that. Two, they only describe the money the celebrities spend…what they buy or donate, instead of what they do. When most of America is going broke just trying to keep up with the Joneses, why the hell do you think they’ll be able to install solar panels or donate to all these “worthy” causes? A scarier thought is that since the Joneses have started buying fair-trade organic bamboo free-range yoga pants, we’re stuck with a nation full of idiots trying to buy the next big green thing. Instead of saving up for solar panels, they’re obsessed with “green” fashion, when in fact, green fashion puts the “moron” in “oxymoron.”

Even the “How to go green” lists are bullshit. Some of these suggestions are good, others are completely fucked up. “Buy a laptop?” Really? Didn’t I just… Not to mention the “Opt for new undies” suggestion. My old undies WORK JUST FINE THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Get the fuck out of my underwear drawer, already.

So the green movement is both hypocritical and sets unrealistic standards for the everyday person. Yep, sounds like America!

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