Filed under: Society + Media | Tags: blog till you drop, blogger, blogging, convergence, environment, global warming, green fatigue, green movement, journalism, Lauren Keith, New york Times
Photo by Tayseer, flickr.com
It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your readers are?
They’re right here, you post procrastinator. They are breathing down your avatar’s neck, expectantly drooling on their keyboards, just waiting for you to hit the almighty “save” button.
You’ve been slaving away over a hot CPU all damn day, but in the world of the ever-impending deadline, readers don’t give a ctrl-alt-del.
It seems the stress of approaching deadlines is taking its toll everywhere.
Mother Nature knows for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for the (environment).
We rush around: turning off the lights, unplugging unused toasters and TVs, digging through the garbage to find one man’s trash that’s another man’s trip to the recycling center and being a vegetarian even when your friends force you to join them for a Buffalo Wild Wings dinner.
But what satisfaction do we get, especially when we come home to find that our roommate has single-handedly chopped down the entire Amazon rainforest and transported its chipboard brothers and sisters to our living room?
The non-organic, petroleum-derived Doritos bag was my addition to this trip down the Amazon Trail.
With global warming putting an impending deadline on the survival of the human race, we need to take a step back before we hit “save” on our daily actions.
People demand news, now, never-ending. As bloggers, we need to make the climate crisis relevant but not redundant, to remember our deadline and to remind readers of theirs.
Don’t forget that you can stop and breathe for a second, but please divert your CO2 elsewhere.
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