Happy Earth Day 2015!

I’ve said it before and will, I’m sure, say it again: Earth Day should be every day. Ditto International Women’s Day, May/Labour/International Workers’ Day, and every religious holiday that involves gifts, food, and happy partying.

  
Earth Day special messages? Um, let’s see. Probably nothing new.

  1. Reuse, refuse, recycle, reject consumerism. Rebel against fast fashion and trash culture. Buy less, only what’s needed. Give away more (plus it’s scientifically-proven to make you feel better). The usual eco-conscious yada yada yada.
  2. Join the crusade against plastic evil. Avoid plastic bags: opt when possible for recyclable bags, ideally already made from recycled plastic, and when possible for other materials. Take fabric / nylon bags with you when shopping. This includes non-food shopping: refuse fancy Named Bags from Named Places too, unless they’re environmentally-friendly. As for the unavoidable plastic bags and all old ones hanging around, reuse (as trash bags in smaller waste-bins around the house; instead of cling-film/sarah wrap; etc.) and wash out and keep reusing (if need be taping together over holes). You’ve seen the images of what plastic bags do to wildlife. You’ll be surprised how long the damn things last when you try to use them to death.
  3. Plastic crusade (2): sarah wrap, the diabolical polystyrene foam (yell at any etailers using the awful stuff, bring your own container to take-away food places), excess packaging. 
  4. Campaign against environmental destruction and for sustainability, protection, prevention of harm, and The Planet in general. Yell at people. Politely and diplomatically too; especially Big People Who Matter in the political and corporate spheres. 
  5. Campaign against climate-change-deniers, bandwagon-jumping greenwashers, manipulative fear-mongerers; and all other ignorance, folly, appeals to idiocracy, and pseudoscience. Campaign for education and investment in it, for a sustainable long-term future. Including universal compulsory education in science and reasoning (logic, rhetoric, philosophy, critical thinking, scientific methodology, the history and philosophy of science).
  6. For all basic everyday necessities–coffee, tea, chocolate, etc.–buy environmentally-responsibly-produced. If that costs more (as it should, if this is fair and equitable trade), buy and consume less. Looking forward to treats is more rewarding than acting all entitled. (The same goes for cosmetics and other beautifying stuff.)
  7. Look after our planet and hope it keeps looking after us. Give thanks every day for basic things like coffee, chocolate, tea, and everything that smells good. 
  8. Enjoy the free stuff while it’s still there and free. Here in Vancouver, the air is a start. Except when we get tanker leaks and chlorine fires in the port, but that’s something to keep working on.
  9. Do what I keep telling myself to do and don’t do enough: live a little, be outside, hug trees, spend time enjoying the free stuff, and above all: 
  10. try to spend some time outside time. My aim is for one day a week, one whole day, liberated from my watch and all electronic devices, just living by solar and human-body time. Remember you’re not just post-human, you’re also human and pre-human and transpanmetahuman, you are a whole ecosystem that contains lots of non-human life-forms. All these things together, you’re alive and a carbon-based organic biological creature like any other on Earth. A scary thought, a humbling one, maybe also a happy and hopeful one.

  

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