Greenwashing Your Brain

 

Billboard on the south side of the highway leading up to the Bay Bridge in San Francisco (aka Jan Francisco); idea by Jan Smith, design by Evelyn Weiss

 

Plug in an electric car to the grid and you’re most likely powering that groovy, hip, “green” car with coal, one of the very dirtiest forms of energy.  Or nuclear, which in many ways is even worse.  Even if you’re plugging it into solar power, that’s still not going to save the planet.  It still requires the manufacturing of the cars, building and maintenance of roads (which encourages urban sprawl and habitat destruction), toxic manufacturing and transportation of the solar panels and batteries, and on and on.  Electric cars aren’t the answer.  Hydrogen (*snicker*) is not the answer.  No cars are the answer–and I mean that in both ways.

 

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12 thoughts on “Greenwashing Your Brain

  1. Bedelia Bloodyknuckle

    I am walker/biker type of individual. I really hate cars. That sign reminds me of a anti-choice ad making claims that abortion causes breast cancer and someone spray-painted (?) “No, it doesn’t. I checked.”

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    1. TheRewildWest Post author

      Hahahaha, that’s awesome! I’ve seen a lot of cool billboard modifications. The best, of course, being the modifications Doc Sarvis and Bonnie Abbzug make in The Monkey Wrench Gang 😉

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    1. TheRewildWest Post author

      Thanks for your comment, Bethany, I’ve never seen anything from you here =) Unfortunately the problems run a lot deeper than that just what we eat. And I am vegan.

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    1. TheRewildWest Post author

      When your food and water come from at most a few miles from you–but a lot closer if you’re living in a hospitable bioregion, which we should be–there’s no reason to travel by anything other than your feet (or maybe a canoe)!

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  2. jack sparrow

    You claim a valid point however rather than being like the majority of pointing out all the problems. everyone like yourself included should dedicate their time on a solution. Constantly bringing up our problems doesn’t necessarily solve things because the general public is too busy to do anything about it.

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    1. TheRewildWest Post author

      Thank you for your comment.

      I try to expose people to problems in a holistic manner that they are rarely exposed to, if ever. That is my contribution. I’m disabled, writing and posting and spreading ideas is the best I can do, unfortunately =(

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    2. TheRewildWest Post author

      And also, part of the solution is being ready and willing to give up our privileged first-world luxuries, and preparing to do so in whatever ways we can, when civilization collapses under the weight of its own ecological excesses. It may seem an oblique solution to the problem, but it won’t seem so oblique or hypothetical in a decade or two–soon we will all have to choose whether to fight (figuratively AND literally) to KEEP our planet-killing habits, or fight to keep those habits from remaining existent.

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      1. jack sparrow

        Sadly being in a first world country with first world luxuries comes at the expense of third world countries. Its good to hear your doing the best you can due to physical disabilities.we will have to make changes in our world and the only change we will see is when were at the point of no return when all resources are exhausted and deplenished

      2. TheRewildWest Post author

        I hope people wake up before that point of no return, but it’s sadly doubtful. First worlders are too comfortable and not threatened enough by the damage our actions cause, so we probably won’t act in ways that are actually effective–we won’t truly fight back like our lives depended on it, which they do–in time. But that’s no reason to give up and quit trying to make a difference.

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