People who care for the natural environment tend to embrace or reject many labels. Greenies. Environmentalists. Conservationists. Conservatives. Liberals. Hunters. Vegetarians. Gas guzzler. Clean coal. Wasteful. Shop-a-holic. Hybrid. Republicans. Just kidding about that last one, by the way, and feeding on the stereotype of a Treehugger.
Environmentalists are blamed by some for hating. A lot.
Seriously, Google “Environmentalists hate”, which I did to see what kinds of words would pop up. ”Solar”, “Grass”, ”America”, “blacks”, “minorities”, “the poor”, and “humans” all make the list of who and what environmentalists seek to destroy.
Googling “anti-green” yielded interesting results, too. As it turns out, a slew of webpages devoted either to railing the environmental movement due to people feeling annoyed by “greenie” superiority complexes or to proving the environmental movement theories as we know it to be wrong. A couple were just humor blogs… and some, I frankly could not tell how serious they were. Just look here, here, here and here for a few examples of these sites.
My biggest issue, however, are those that are sustainability and conservation-minded basing each other. The ends do not justify the means for many, and the semantics over how to achieve a healthy ecosystem create confusion, misunderstandings, and blatant failure of communication.
After all, when is the last time you heard a “vegetarian” speak nicely of a “hunter”, or vice versa?
I attended the Dixie Deer Classic ~ a hunting type of convention at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh a couple weekends ago. I brought a video camera because I wanted to ask some hunters to share their visions of conservation and environmentalism for my blog.
I realized, however, being approached by a vegetarian “greenie” with a video camera may be a little threatening and questionable. So instead, I simply opted for conversation.
As it turns out, I spoke at great length with the Wake County Wildlife Club, and learned a lot. I will be sharing, shortly, more regarding that conversation, some of the inspirations I gained from that weekend, and questions that arose for me.
Thus, I bring you a Green Grounded featurette ~ “Face of Sustainability”. Starting this week, I will occasionally chronicle one person, one every day normal person, who in lengths great, small, or controversial, are environmentalists.
I look forward to bringing you this segment, and if you are in the Asheville or Raleigh area and would like to share your views, feel free to contact me.