You Give a Damn, and That’s a Problem


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Chances are that if you are reading this website, you either A. care about the environment in one way or another or B. you know me personally. Most likely you are not someone who owns an oil rig, drives a Hummer, or eats fast food for every meal. Either you read the site every day or you are a visitor looking for information on natural cleaning, the dangers of parabens, or organic foods. In other words, you probably give a damn about what happens here on our home planet and what you put in your body. And therein lies the problem.

Most of the world is not like you and I; they don’t really worry about being “green” or protecting the planet. They either have much bigger concerns (like finding water each day) which no one can blame them for or they haven’t gotten the memo yet that our planet is in peril and we all need to change our behavior ASAP. Sure, there are those who truly don’t care about anyone or anything and are too self-involved to be concerned, but most people on the planet fall into two categories:

1. They have bigger issues to contend with than planetary stewardship.


2. They haven’t gotten the memo yet on just how up sh*t’s creek we are without a paddle.

We, the readers of The Good Human and other green websites, truly do believe that everyone else knows about how to recycle, how GMO foods are bad for us, how climate change is destroying nature, and how we all need to clean up our act before it’s too late. I know I believe it sometimes, especially when I get caught up in my green bubble consisting of fellow environmentalists, Twitter followers, and other green bloggers. When you are in that bubble, it’s hard to see outside the walls you have created for yourself. “Everyone cares about the environment!” Not exactly.


I was thinking about this the other day when writing about the 2012 GOP candidates and the crazy things they say. Santorum supporters, for example, really think their candidate can win the presidency. Why? Because they are stuck in their own little Santorum-World where everyone loves him. It’s a tiny world, trust me – the rest of the world doesn’t want to be in that world. The rest of us don’t think that wanting to go to college makes one a snob or that women aren’t intelligent to decide for themselves about birth control options. It’s crazyland in there; the majority of us don’t want to even go near the door. But the believers in that world really think their guy has a shot when he doesn’t. Should he get past Romney, he will quickly discover that the rest of us aren’t interested in crazyland.

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  1. I think the “environmentalists” sometimes come on too strong. It’s not easy for everyone to suddenly go from zero interest to a full out stop global warming mindset. When someone accuses them of not giving a damn, then they’ll just get defensive.

    I don’t get up on my green pedestal very often, but I do proudly carry around my Pyrex for lunches, coffee thermos, reuseable water cup, and bike to work when the weather is nice.

    Over the past year, my mother has started to use pyrex and kick the plastic habit. My corporate employer distributed reusable water cups, and a suburban dwelling coworker is analyzing the cost/benefit of taking the bus to work.

    It’s the little things. This is how you help people give a damn. One step at a time.

    1. Very true, no one responds to demands. At the same time, it is up to those of us already “in the know” to inch people forward without alienating them.

  2. I have given your website to others because it has good information and I have also noted it in my comments on the Care2 website. I hope my puny efforts help out. I’m too old to be an activist right now, but I am spreading the word. Thanks for your efforts to heal our planet.

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