Obligatory Earth Day Post

I give up. It’s impossible for me to continue my years-long rant against bottled water and plastic shopping bags since the explosion of K-Cups. These evil pods are not only plastic but they can’t be recycled (NPR 1.28.15). That their popularity follows the publication of Alan Weisman’s “Polymers are Forever” is particularly galling. We now know that most of the plastic found in the ocean was thrown away on land; we now know about the floating islands of garbage; and we now know about the tiny plastic, poison-bearing, nurdles in our food chain, but we just can’t make ourselves care. Meanwhile, the technology for environmentally friendly, one-cup coffee making has existed for decades — the rig seen here is easy to use and requires no electricity. Come on people, you’re not even trying. So I give up — I am throwing in with former environmentalist Paul Kingsnorth and his Collapsitarian movement (NYT 4.20.14).

“Everything had gotten worse,” Kingsnorth said. “You look at every trend that environmentalists like me have been trying to stop for 50 years, and every single thing had gotten worse. And I thought: I can’t do this anymore. I can’t sit here saying: ‘Yes, comrades, we must act! We only need one more push, and we’ll save the world!’ I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it! So what do I do?”

And while our Congress continues to dither and stall as per their orders from oil industry donors, Denmark, Canada, and Russia fight over who owns the North Pole and its newly-accessible, untapped oil and gas deposits. (National Geographic, Dec. 2014). Pretty much the definition of irony, and insanity. And at the other end? Vice News just ran this report from Antarctica. It’s falling apart. So I hate to admit it, but I think we really screwed the pooch on this one. In a way it’s liberating — I feel oddly euphoric. Collapsitarians unite!

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