Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Weekly Wonderings #35: Hypocrisy Unveiled

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been involved in a variety of ways at the kids’ school. The most time-consuming activities related to co-chairing a green program. We had two assemblies for the kids on Wednesday, with teachers and the principal playing various parts in a play about global warming, carbon emissions, and the like. Clearly, that’s heavy stuff for anyone younger than a 10 or 11 year old to really get their heads around. But it worked out. The play was fabulous. The kids got into it. And I managed to get the local newspaper to cover it.

All great, yeah? Except…

1. Reading about my involvement, the woman across the street said to me, pointing at the vehicles in my driveway, “So will we be seeing a ‘For Sale’ sign on that anytime soon?”

2. Pointing out that I rarely drive the behemoth unless the kids have friends with them, she said she had, in fact, noticed that. But she also noticed the pile of wood.

3. Yeah, I burn woods in a fireplace.

4. And, yeah, I have three children, meaning I’m further contributing to the eventual destruction of the planet.

5. I have a dog, too, whose poop I pick up with plastic bags, which I then deposit in the trash can.

6. I don’t compost.

7. I use plastic bags for some of the kids’ food.

8. I sometimes – but not so often as in the past – drink Diet Coke from plastic bottles. And I nearly always have a Super Big Gulp of it each day. (Although, it my defense, your honor, I re-use the cups a dozen times and then recycle them when they’re replaced.)

9. I buy crap for the kids that clearly was made in China or in sweatshops or by unicorns which had been imprisoned to do the work.

10. I have a pool, which, while heated by solar panels, still requires an electric pump and filtering system.

We have taken some measures to right our very own environmental bubble. But there is surely so much more I could do. I’ve known that. Forever. But I’ve never felt quite as guilty about it as when I stood up in front of 500 grade schoolers and lectured them on how to be good environmental citizens. I suck.

12 comments:

Linda said...

No, you don't suck - what sucks is that your neighbor feels it necessary to point fingers and make snide remarks. It's not like you stand in front of all those kids and do nothing at all for the environment. We can't all be perfect little Al Gores (oh wait, the man has a monthly electric bill that would pay all of my utitlies for several lifetimes).

People need to get over themselves and stop putting out so many "smug" emissions when it comes to all of this going green stuff. You do what you can, that's the most we can ask of anyone.

Amy said...

hey it's just baby steps, right? can't believe she said that to you. we recycle here infact i did a post about it a little way back but we drive and exporer and f-150 pick-up. oh well!!!

i like my house toasty in the winter and cool in the summer. i know that's a lot of energy but that's my business. i wouldn't let her make you feel bad. you do what you can. i think some people take it way to far. if they want to be like that, that's fine, but there's no reason to push it on others. as far as your thing at school goes, i think that's great because it's simple things that we and kids can all do.

sorry for this long thing!!!

Just Jen said...

ROFL...I so understand where you're coming from! She needs to get over it.
I tagged you with a meme, details on my blog.

D... said...

I suck too. I drink Diet Coke from plastic bottles daily.

Wonders said...

You know the most important thing we can do is be concious and begin the process...it's hard to think of giving up our luxuries...I'm so impressed at what you did with the school, I'd love to know more about the play you did...I think that we MUST communicate this message to our children...or else!

Jenn in Holland said...

Hahahahahahaha!

Hey, you are making an effort. A real one, and that's more than many can say at all.

Mayberry said...

Yes, that's the thing -- you could ALWAYS do more; so don't feel bad for what you're not doing -- feel good for what you ARE doing!

And geez, nice neighbor. Does she live in a glass house?

Gill said...

If you suck then I suck too LOL! I am trying in small, small baby steps to become more green, but it isn't easy - I console myself with the fact that at least I am trying...

chichimama said...

Something is better than nothing. And she sounds a bit rude. Unless she is living a perfect existence of course, which she clearly isn't or she would know not to be so rude.

I'm giving a lecture at C's school tomorrow on nutrition. As I feed my children store-bought mini-pancakes and mac and cheese several times a week...

bubandpie said...

Wood fires are bad now too? (Is it better to burn gas or electricity?) I'm pretty sure you weren't out there clear-cutting old-growth rainforests to supply that little woodpile of yours.

Bubba's Sis said...

Add me to the list of those who suck. I do what I can, but honestly, it's not much.

allrileyedup said...

You know, your neighbor is probably just doing that because she isn't doing anything better for the environment and wants to make you feel bad for trying. Forget about her and keep doing what you're doing. And don't forget to teach your students that animals farms worldwide contribute 18 percent more emissions than cars buses and trucks combined. Encourage them to go veg once a week (baby steps).

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