“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Homesteader vs. Yuppie Environmentalist
I have debated for quite sometime about writing this post although it has been a pet peeve of mine for quite sometime now. There are two sets of environmentalists in this country and the newest one is driving me nuts. Let me explain fully before you get mad and decide to not visit my blog anymore. Lets talk about the "homestead" environmentalists first. Hoemstead environmentalism has been around ever since people have been depending on the land for their food. Farmers cared for the land because their life literally depended on it. The small family farmer still does that. It is only with the invention of corporate farming that farming got a bad rap. Traditional family farmers/homesteaders have always cared for the land and their environment and their resources. Typically these people have been conservative in their use of natural resources and been conscious of their waste. Traditional homesteaders have traditionally not been wasteful, finding a use and reuse for everything. You don't have to have land and property or to even really farm to be a traditional homesteader. It is the way that you perceive your life that makes a traditional homesteader. I have met these people who live on a city lot and they reduce, reuse, and recycle just because that is what they do. They will grow a small garden or a few tomatoes just because. They don't do these things because someone tells them too or because it is the latest trend and they apply these principals to their whole life, not just one aspect of it. So whether one lives on 100 acres or a small city lot they can still fall into the category of being the traditional homesteading environmentalist. Now, who are the yuppie environmentalists and why do they get my goat so badly. This environmentalist is such only because it is trendy. They are the kind that have a 5 bedroom home, heated and cooled, with large spa bathtubs in their 3 bathrooms. The problem is that only 2 people live in this huge energy consuming, water wasting household. However, they proclaim their environmental stewardship because the wood for their doors came from sustainable forests. For one all forest are sustainable, it is called re-planting! Second, if that wood had to be shipped from halfway across the world then it really wasn't all that environmentally friendly because of the transportation. The yuppie environmentalist fills their perfectly landscaped yard with water consuming useless grass and high maintenance plants, and then spend a fortune at the grocery store on "organic" produce that had to be shipped thousands of miles to get to that grocery store. A yuppie environmentalist recycles only when the city will pick it up at the curb and rarely do they reuse something. So anyway, I think I am done with my rant for right now. Yuppie environmentalists get on my nerves because they are the way they are because it is trendy. Those of us who do this because it is who we are and the way we live without thinking about it are the true stewards of the earth. And by the way while I am making people angry... Global warming doesn't exist!! Research and find out the truth, the majority of true legitimate climate scientists will say that this is a hoax by the governments to steal more of our money and impose hefty carbon taxes. Now the people in Australia will be paying per toilet flush in environmental taxes. Wow, so sad that they bought the lie. Don't worry if you are a yuppie environmentalist, you can become a true environmentalist with a little help and knowledge. God bless and take care.