Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 10 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 5/31/10

Ask not what your eco-system can do for you

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   No comments
Message Mickey Z.
Become a Fan
  (6 fans)

Deforestation, climate change, extinctions, overfishing, corporate pollutions"

Who wouldn't want to witness a major reversal of some of our current catastrophic global eco-trends? But, as the legendary journalist I.F. Stone once said: "If you expect an answer to your question during your lifetime, you're not asking a big enough question." In other words, making daily--even hourly--green choices isn't automatically about being present when the current corporate-dominated paradigm shifts (or, better yet, is shifted). Rather, it's about doing the right and now.

Da Mayor: Always do the right thing.

Mookie: That's it?

Da Mayor: That's it.

Mookie: I got it, I'm gone.

(from Do the Right Thing)

When you choose to buy a used shirt instead of opting for a brand new article of clothing being sold by a store that supports sweatshop labor, it's not like you expect that specific purchase to end workplace inequality and put a halt to conspicuous consumption. You buy the used shirt simply because it's the right thing to do. This mentality counters those who say stuff like: "Why should I public transportation instead of drive? All those other motorists are still using their cars anyway." Sure...they are. But you're not. You, dear comrade, are doing the right thing.

It all comes down to keeping an eye on the big picture while still focusing on the tiny choices that must be made many times a day...all with the same ultimate goal: a dismantling of the societal system that's relentlessly assaulting our planet and everything that lives on it.

Any granola worth his or her patchouli wants global warming reversed, animal extinctions halted, and all noxious chemicals outlawed yesterday...but that's not the only reason why we make the sometimes unpopular eco-choices day-in and day-out. It's also because we believe in doing the right thing for our eco-system--regardless of what the long term impact may or may not be.

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Must Read 2   Well Said 2   Valuable 2  
Rate It | View Ratings

Mickey Z. Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Mickey Z. can be found on the Web at
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Five reasons why Americans won't resist

The Topic of Cancer

"We need to stop this culture before it kills the planet": A conversation with Derrick Jensen

Porn and the CIA (Your tax dollars at work)

Myth America: A Stand-up Tragedy

Downsize or Modify? A Conversation with Noam Chomsky

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend