To qualify myself as someone you should be listening to, as we explore the wonders of environmental studies, I first need to qualify myself. Who I am, and why am I here? (On this webpage I mean, this isn’t an existential crisis) If you’ve managed to get here completely by accident…. hello, my name is Chris, welcome to my Green and Gold blog.
The question of the hour of course is ‘Am I a Hypocrite’? If I am to talk about some of the tough environmental issues we face today; pollution, over-population, climate change…I have to be a hippie freak right? Everything organic…my home powered 100% by renewables, 100% recycling, 0% waste, no carbon footprint, etc. etc. etc. I have to be a tree-hugging naturephile, a vegan, and hate society. I know for a lot of people those are images that get conjured when someone says they are an environmentalist. (If that even is the appropriate label) As you may imagine, none of these things are the case. My home is powered by the local utility company, so I seriously doubt it’s 100% renewable. I try to recycle, but I do it much less than I should. We throw away quite a bit of trash all destined for the local landfill. While I sometimes keep my hair long, I have no desire to hug trees, I eat meat, and am generally all for modern day society. Out of all my colleagues, you are least likely to find me outside. Am I a hypocrite? Yes, in more ways than one.