It Ain’t Easy Being Green

One of the reasons I was happy to move away from Berkeley was to get away from the environmental snobs, however moving to Seattle wasn’t  far enough. I guess going green is the new black. Don’t get me wrong–I am excited that people are getting on board with environmentally  conscious lifestyles…I’m just not a fan of the elitism it promotes.

Really, a lot of the “green” products are out of the price range for normal folks who live paycheck to paycheck, trying to make ends meet. Yes, we would all love to save the planet (and we try in our own ways) but to be buying organic food at four times the cost it is at the discount supermarket is just unfair. It would be fantastic to eat better locally grown food, but if I had that kind of money to spend, I’d also be the person buying myself a latte every morning. This is just what most of the world faces: how we can get by today. We just don’t have that kind of money to support eco-friendly products.

Then I wonder why these products are so expensive, since they are made from natural and renewable sources anyway. Not that global warming is a gimmick created by money-monger corporations, but from the eyes of a penny-pincher, it seems to me that these corporations are using our degrading environmental state as a marketing tool to earn more business. They obviously cater to the elite who already have the money to spend on these products and totally exclude the rest of the population. Ah-hem…if we want to make this world a better place, shouldn’t we make that affordable for let’s say…the majority of our citizens? Instead, no. The result is that it creates a greater status gap between the rich and the poor, the elite and the little guy.

    • muang Saechao
    • May 17th, 2010

    I really like your points. It’s funny… I’ve been thinking lately that “green” people and hippies are mostly composed of upper middle class white people. And the ironic thing is.. it is a marketing tool created by people so that the line between rich and poor becomes clearer and more defined. Think about it… the rich kids in school are healthy and fit because their parents can afford these organic foods and the poor kids become overweight and whatnot because their parents can only afford the cheap stuff.

    I like this blog and even if you sound negative more often than positive, I don’t think you should stop writing things that bother you. These are topics people try to avoid… and how do we make changes without talking/writing?

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