10 ways to tick off a treehugger on Earth Day
There are some things you just don't do!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 09:52
TREEHUGGER REX: Go ahead, make my day! (Photo: Glenn Fay)
1. Drive a Hummer to an Earth Day rally. First of all, Earth Day is a national holiday to a treehugger. And the Hummer is the symbol of pollution and excess consumption. Enough said.
2. Spray your lawn with toxic chemicals when it's windy (or ever). Ever get a headache running by suburban lawns that are being hosed down with pesticides and chemical fertilizers? There is a reason for that: they are bad for you! There are organic lawn care alternatives.
3. Invite the vegans over and serve them processed frozen pizzas. Might be a very quick dinner.
4. Fire up your clothes dryer on a warm sunny day. OK, so you like the smell of synthetic esters from fabric softeners on your clothing? Try hanging them outside. The dryer is probably your home's biggest energy hog.
5. Burn coal to stay warm in the winter. Anyone who has seen and smelled coal smoke and soot knows it is dirty. Coal has hidden costs, from mining to refining and polluting water supplies to burning and putting CO2, sulfur, nitrogen and other chemicals into our air.
6. Throw trash out your window. Not only is littering considered bad taste, but in Vermont, for instance, litterers are liable for fines of up to $500 and may have to spend up to 80 hours collecting trash or litter on public roads or property.
7. Leave your windows open and your heat turned up during the cold winter. I know people who do this. What is wrong with them?
8. Bad waste management. Throw it all into a trash bag, then pay double to get rid of the trash, instead of simply giving away the recyclables and using the compost in your garden.
9. Leave your jacuzzi running 24/7. Jacuzzis are another major energy hog, sucking up those kilowatt hours and cranking out the carbon dioxide.
10. After a winter of epic snow storms, while the polar ice caps are melting, say, "So much for global warming, huh?" The treehugger might patiently explain to you that current weather sways attitudes on global warming but the global mean temperatures are rising, and local weather patterns are extreme, according to unbiased climatologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.