Kelly Leahy at GreenDaily.com posted three simple tips for an ethical Christmas:
- Keep it local. Presumably as an alternative to having products shipped long distances, at a cost to the environment. Even better, says Kelly, if the local retailer is within walking distance.
- Bring your own bags. Go for reusable cloth instead of plastic that’s going to end up in a landfill site.
- Buy recycled products.
Big deal, right? Nothing controversial there.
But you’d be wrong. It is indeed a big deal for some commenters at the Digg site.
- Do articles like this totally piss anyone else off? Why you gotta tell me how to enjoy my Christmas.
- i hate this article.
- I’m tired of this conscientious crap Digg is shoving down our throats. From now on, for every eco-friendly, tree-hugging, anti-pollution article I see, I will pollute, waste, not recycle twice the amount I usually do.
- When did becoming a wacky environmentalist become associated with ETHICS? do they even know what that word means?
- I am now officially tired of all this hippy “green” crap.
- Who honestly lives within “walking distance” of anything remotely worth a damn?
- Ethical Christmas? WTF? This is a sign of the Apocalypse, the Birkenstockification of Digg.
Those are seven of a total of sixteen comments. Five commenters got sidetracked by the word “Christmas”. Two others made Santa jokes.
Only two commenters agreed with the eco-friendly thrust of the post; one of them didn’t think the post demanded enough of us. (Which may be the case.)
Some people will not support any environmental protection measure whatsoever. Others will support a flashy environmental plan, but only as long as it doesn’t cost or inconvenience them personally.
That’s why the planet may be doomed.
The potential impact of global warming on the richness of land-dwelling vertebrate species in northeastern Australia; according to the Government of Australia.