Friday, January 15, 2010

Carbon footprint

So living in a college town has it's ups and downs. One of the ups is the well educated professors and students who are enlightened about the world. One of the downs is those same professors and students trying to prove how great they are when really they are rich yuppies.
Today I got so angry, when I overheard a professor and a student talking in the grocery store about their carbon footprint. Now I saw the professor had a car, which he had driven to the store and it looked like to me he was only buying a handful of groceries. The student could have been walking but lets say for the sake of statistics and the temp he was not. They were discussing how they were so proud to have such small carbon footprints and basically how everyone should look to them as an example. I did notice neither used reusable bags, although the professor got paper.
I was so annoyed by the whole scene, as I and my husband both walk, bike, or push a stroller everywhere. I never ask for rides unless it is absolutely necessary. Today for instance I walked in 28 degree weather and carried not one, not two, not even three but four huge and heavy reusable grocery bags packed full home all by myself. I do it so often I don't even bat an eye about it now. I actually wouldn't have even thought about it had those two not made me so mad. I really hope as they got into their cars and jacked up the heat and blasted their stereos they passed me carrying my four reusable grocey bags the 7-8 blocks to my house and felt a little less pompous.
Since when did helping the planet become a pissing contest for every rich yuppy intellectual. I hate to break it to you guys but the poor people you look down your noses at everyday.. have a much smaller carbon footprint then you because.... let's face it being green is more down to earth.. it's just how we always have lived and we don't have to "TRY" to be more natural.
Don't get me wrong in the end if those two are helping our planet... then great more power to them.. but guess what driving a car to the grocery store just for a few things... doesn't reduce your CF and also you don't get a prize for doing what everyone should already be doing.

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