Julie (lady_samus) wrote in save_the_earth,

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Wow ...strange confrontations and environment-hate articles?!

So I just had a very strange conversation with a person, who when I told him that sometimes I use hand cranking to generate power for things like my laptop, he immediately turned hostile and laughed and asked why don't I just use battery packs? He started asking me outrageous questions like if I only take showers when it rains. He also asked me if I was a vegan and then went on to talk about how stupid vegetarianism and veganism is. He also called me one of those "earth children" in a very condescending tone. *sigh*

I never really knew how much environmentalists are hated, and for all the wrong reasons! I just looked up a few articles and blogs concerning hatred towards environmentalism online. I was really surprised at what I found. They're writing articles on EXTREMES.... it's like...WOW... people just think every environmentalist is an insane conspiracy theorist human/technology hater who wants to take everyones rights away and make the world a primitive place where there is no technology present. Jeez...and here I thought the movement towards being green was viewed as a positive thing.

I also live in an area where it's really not a good idea to ride your bike around because drivers will honk at you and even STOP right in front of you to tell you to drive a car. :\ Has anyone experienced something like this?

I'm just so shocked at how unbelievable some of these articles are. The attitude towards being green is just so accusatory and hostile.

Environmentalism isn't some crazy movement to take over the government and destroy all technology! I feel like green living has everything to do with new technologies and figuring out ways to make things better and cleaner! Argh... this just upset me so much I had to say something! It makes me so sad that we're not being taken seriously, or if we are, we're considered this terrible threat. We're not going to get anywhere if everyone is fighting and accusing or not taking world problems, like running out of oil, seriously.
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I've had some tsks and been called a tree-hugger.. (but wait, I gladly hug trees!) but that's about it. Nothing like what you're describing. I live in a relatively bike-friendly area - if you ride in the right places (there are jerks everywhere). I think there are some extreme environmentalists out there, just that there are extremes in everything - so maybe to the people you've encountered they just cant shake their prejudices.
Yeah...that is very true. There are extremists... but it just saddens me that so many people focus on the extremes and not anything in between. It's just...wow...how can anyone be so close-minded?

And yes, hugging trees is awesome! ^__^
I know what you mean I used to live in the country and everyone thought I was a tree hugger, It disgusts me that people don't care about our planet. I agree, it about finding better healthier options, I think being committed to being green is something to be proud of. They are just uneducated hard headed people, maybe one day they will come to thier senses.

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Yeah, I think you're right. These strange insecurities just makes them so disagreeable. I bet if I had told him I liked ice cream he would've immediately told me how much he hated it.

I'm gonna shrug it off but at the same time just get more actively involved in doing whatever I can to help the environment. If people like this aren't going to help, we'll just have to get 10 times better.
Part of the problem is that there *are* a lot of extremists pushing so very hard on environmental issues. A lot of very "simplistic" solutions get presented. A lot of people expect answers and improvement immediately. And a lot of people ignore how old ways were actually worse than current ways.

The answers take time. But we'll get there. We're getting better a lot faster than most realize.
I think it's because most of the extremist ways are the only ways that have been proven to work - because we survived for millions of years as indigenous cultures without showers and electricity and cars. I personally wouldn't mind abandoning industrial civilization altogether and adopting a truly sustainable lifestyle, but most people feel dependent on this way of living and think that we can't go back. I work as hard as I can to make improvements in the here and now, but I honestly think that the development of technology is just making things worse, not better. We're still thinking as capitalists, even though we know capitalism isn't sustainable (because it is based upon the exploitation of resources from around the world, instead of living off your land).