Clean and green aye?

SpinsterSpinster Regular
edited January 2012 in Spurious Generalities
This is one of those Face book copy pasta thingys I stole. Check it out, it has a point to it doesnt it.

Checking out at the grocery store recently, the young cashier suggested I should bring my own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. I apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days." The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." She was right about one thing -- our generation didn't have the green thing in “Our” day. So what did we have back then…? After some reflection and soul-searching on "Our" day here's what I remembered we did have.... Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles repeatedly. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day. We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day. Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn't have the green thing back in our day. Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right. We didn't have the green thing back then. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint. But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then? Please post this on your Facebook profile so another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smarty-pants young person can add to this.

I loled, so true. but it is kinda one sided I suppose. Although our generation the Throw away/Information/FOPARed generation does make up for our messy habits with cars that dont pump (as much) toxic shit into the air, although they are a bit gay. and power is made by less coal and diesel whatever now. If we went to the lenths we do now to be clean and green and threw this^ lot ontop of it we would be doing well, but Being the throw away world that we are I cant really say its my fault, Im twenty this year and in another 10-20 years the reins will be handed slowly over to my generation. We are being brought up in this throw away world thats is powered by greed. I hate to think of what the world would look like in the next 50-100 years.

Any thoughts?


  • blindbatblindbat Regular
    edited January 2012
    that bitch got put in her place . that this was gonna be some boring ass read but i LOl'ed at this .
  • Darth BeaverDarth Beaver Meine Ehre heißt Treue
    edited January 2012
    We didn't need he green thing. And all the green BS is just designed to force us to buy certain types of products or control what kind of products we can make.
  • RemadERemadE Global Moderator
    edited January 2012
    We didn't need he green thing. And all the green BS is just designed to force us to buy certain types of products or control what kind of products we can make.

    Right and right again. Our University have a shitty 5p per carrier bag policy. I always have my backpack on as it's a snowboarding one and fills up nicely. However when I was a kid, I always recycled with my Dad at the local Dump, or whatnot. There wasn't an aggressive money-making scheme involved, and if there was, it wasn't as obvious.
    WHenever I get the opportunity to, I always wind up climate change freaks. Don't get me wrong, I don't do my upmost to fuck up the Polar Ice Caps, but real life trolling with realism works wonders.
    Plus the original post here is worthy of saving to a text file for my personal use :thumbsup:
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited January 2012
    As usual the whole green thing is an excuse for fat cats to shuffle little pieces of paper coloured green around. The whole carbon quota's and selling of unused carbon credits is one more example of this. It's so huge, even governments play the game.
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