Contrary to what some may believe, “environmentalist” is not necessarily a bad word. Let’s take a look at what the dictionary says it means:
*Any person who advocates or works to protect the air, water, animals, plants, and other natural resources from pollution or its effects.
Is that so bad? I mean, who wouldn’t want to be called that? Is it such a horrible thing to want to breathe clean air, drink clean water, see a wild animal once in a while, or enjoy fresh fruits and veggies? Judging by how we “environmentalists” have been judged sometimes by both individuals and some media outlets, you can only assume that there are people out there who don’t care about those type of things and want to live on a planet covered with pollution, dirty water, and only genetically-modified food. There are many reasons people react like that to the “greening” movement, and they vary all the way from the financial gain they get from doing nothing good at all, to the feeling guilty for not doing enough, to the scared to death of what may happen…but the truth is that we should all want to be called environmentalists.
This is the only planet we have to live and sustain ourselves on. This is it; you break it, you buy it. And for anyone that says that the planet will be fine, you are absolutely right – it will be…but we won’t be. Whether you believe in climate change or not, whether you wonder if the polar bears are really on the verge of extinction, or whether you commute 50 miles each way, by yourself, in an SUV the size of a school bus for whatever reason – this planet and its resources are all that we have. And once we ruin or finish them off, they are gone for good. Once a species goes extinct, it’s gone forever – just like you are when you are no longer of the planet. Sayonara, sucker. And sure, more water will fall from the sky, but probably not enough to keep Las Vegas or Los Angeles green anymore. (Besides, after the water falls through the pollution haze we continue to contribute to, all we will have is some nice acidic water to drink) Someday sooner or later the oil WILL stop coming out of the ground, and only after we have destroyed much of the planet trying to retrieve more of it. See where I am going with this?
Not everyone who is an environmentalist is as crazy as some might make you think; in fact, you don’t even have to like Al Gore to be one! You don’t have to believe in man-made climate change (although I suggest you read up on it, as the evidence is pretty strong), you don’t have to strap yourself to a lone tree in a forest, and you don’t have to walk 30 miles to work each day in your sandals. Most of us are just regular people who care about the planet and want to help sustain it in a healthy way for all future generations. Most of us are not out to get you, make you live in the dark, make you eat only lettuce. It’s just that we care and let our feelings about it be known – it’s a good thing to be called an environmentalist in our eyes.
No matter your political affiliation, your religious leanings, the size of your reusable water bottle or your feelings on buying clothes made out of recycled plastic bottles, you should WANT to be called an environmentalist. It shows you can see humanity as being bigger than you and your life here on earth is. Caring for the planet and doing your part to live sustainably is not a bad thing; it can only reap bigger rewards later for both you and generations to follow.
So please, if you consider us “environmentalists” to be crazy people, come join us and see that most of us aren’t – after all, you live here on Earth too. We clean with non-toxic cleaners, we try to use less energy, we do our best to buy sustainably made products, and we consider non-GMO, organic food to be good for us AND the earth. Really, I cannot see what there is to be so scared of. 🙂
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