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Old 04-13-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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Link to article: "Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist"

This article is a bit long and may seem a bit out there, but I found it a rare source of reflection... fodder for my deep ecology leanings I have long neglected.

http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.p.../article/6599/

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Old 04-13-2012, 01:47 PM   #2
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I loved it... he explains my dislike for "going green" well. I understand it as a necessary evil, but it's still human-centric than I feel comfortable with....and I am one of those people that doesn't get to see much of earth in it's natural state, but I can still respect thatit's not all about us and what we can exploit it for...
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Very profound indeed. I've considered myself a Pantheist for a couple years now and I can absolutly relate to everything in the article... I've often found myself saying/thinking the same things. Always nice to know I'm not the only one! ;-)

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I am left feeling really discouraged by that article. If such an Earth lover is giving up, then why do I bother either? I think i am missing the point. Can someone help me out?
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Re: Link to article: "Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist"

Hmmm, well I interpreted it as he was giving up on the 'movement' not necessarily his beliefs, philosophy or lifestyle kwim? I got the impression he was very much an activist and he now feels that he has no place in what the environmental movement has become. He describes himself as a Pantheist and reaffirms those philosophies repeatedly in the article so I don't think he's giving up on his beliefs, more just discouraged with the more official 'movement' than anything.

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I've been feeling that way a lot. I'm so tired of the "greenwashing". Even as little as 75 years ago, people were asked to sacrifice for a cause, like rationing during WWII so that the goods and materials could be used elsewhere. Now it seems like asking people to use or consume less is unheard of. Our earth simply cannot sustain everyone living like we do here in the US. It's a sad day for society when people are expected to consume their way out of a problem. The answer isn't *more* sustainable products, it's using less in order to conserve resources. But any politician suggesting that a contracting economy might not be a bad thing would commit political suicide...
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I've been feeling that way a lot. I'm so tired of the "greenwashing". Even as little as 75 years ago, people were asked to sacrifice for a cause, like rationing during WWII so that the goods and materials could be used elsewhere. Now it seems like asking people to use or consume less is unheard of. Our earth simply cannot sustain everyone living like we do here in the US. It's a sad day for society when people are expected to consume their way out of a problem. The answer isn't *more* sustainable products, it's using less in order to conserve resources. But any politician suggesting that a contracting economy might not be a bad thing would commit political suicide...


Couldn't have said it better myself!

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It's a sad day for society when people are expected to consume their way out of a problem. The answer isn't *more* sustainable products, it's using less in order to conserve resources.
Yes, this 100% Somehow where I live, people just don't get it that *more* will NOT save the planet.
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