It goes like this: Someone: I see you drive a Prius, that’s great! Me: Thanks! Someone: You will find that people in Seattle are very concerned with the environment, unlike in other places. Me: I found there was a high degree of environmentalism in New York. Someone: Oh, really?
And sometimes I read stupid things like these:
You should never eat meat, and become a vegetarian. Do it for the environment.
Bottled water is evil. Filtered tap water tastes great, anyway.
The problem is India and China becoming wealthier. We must tutor them.
Don’t eat mammals, they have souls. Mollusks are OK, they’re too small to have souls.
The last item comes from Michael Pollan’s famous Omnivore’s Dilemma - yes, really. I like to think I’m pretty green, but I’m getting tired of all the sanctimony I get fed. I will continue to eat red meat. I will continue to eat fish. I tried the water filter, and Seattle tap water still tastes nasty. I don’t know why nobody worries about plants’s souls, or killing plants. And I continue to be surprised that over-population is rarely mentioned as an environmental threat.
Here is a cartoon from the wonderful xkcd that got a laugh out of me: