I don’t like to think of our current environmental movement as a trend. You could call some specific aspects of it trendy, like the reusable bags, but this has to be more than just a normal trend. Many people say the modern environmental movement started with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. If you considered that a new general American environmental awareness started 1962, I’d go ahead and say that this is one long trend, far outliving scrunchies and leg warmers. And that trend led to the banning of DDT in the US. Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the popularity of the green movement. If we’re really looking to get something accomplished, we can’t judge some people in the population for not being “green” enough. We can’t expect everyone in the world to be as environmentally conscious as most of us in this class probably are, but as long as they’re using reusable bags or water bottles and as long as they know the different between organic and not, that has to be a step in the right direction, right? This trend, if you can call it that, isn’t a fashion trend or a hairstyle. It’s a lifestyle, and if enough people jump on board, I don’t think there’s any going back.
It’s like those Livestrong bands that came out a few years ago. They became so popular in my high school that some kinds wore them and had no idea what they were for. I know this isn’t ideal, and I definitely thought it made them look stupid. But that said, they still bought them and wore them and were, whether they knew it or not, donating to something good. If we can find ways to do it, I don’t see the problem in making something good something that’s popular, as well.
People who want to delve deeper into environmental issues will, but some will only see what’s at the surface. And as ignorant as some may be, there’s always strength in numbers.
Tangent aside, after reading Michael Pollan’s Power Steer article, if anyone wants to know more about the industrialized meat production you should read Slaughterhouse Blues. It’s written by KU anthropology professor Don Stull, and will tell you more about the industry than you care to know.
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