Yes, being a "squeaky wheel" is probably quite effective, Sonja! And joining the groups who re already being effective, T, is also good. I go to the sustainability meetings in my neighborhood, but progress is slow. I'm also in a group that pull up non-native plants in the parks (and picks up trash). I'd just like to do something to raise the consciousness of the general populace. I occassionally go check out Walmart, and similar stores to check things out. Not encouraging! I found NO recycled paper products, and very little re: gree cleaning products. they are supposed to have some "green" cotton products - but the employees didn't know about them. I suppose I could write to Walmart head honchos. Perhaps just writing a lot of letters/emails is something to begin with. Maureen
I admire such courageous activism, too. I'll admit, I'm way too chicken to do anything to risk being arrested!
My activism is much less intense, but hopefully still effective.
For example, our local coffee shop sells reusable cups. When my husband and I would take our cup to the store, we'd find that they'd make our coffee/tea in a paper cup, pour it into the resuable cup and toss the paper cup away. (huh??) No matter how many times we would specify in advance that we brought a reusable cup (their own brand, remember), they'd do this. And, the company encouraged using the reusable cups by offering a discount, so it made no sense whatsoever.
Anyway, after a few discussions with the manager of th store, to no avail, we began writing long, detailed emails to the corporate head office, and kept circling back when the store was still doing it.
A year or so later, things aren't perfect, but better. More complaints from customers would really get the attention of the company.
Anyway, this is my brand of activism: being a squeaky wheel.
"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." ~H.G. Wells
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Here's to a Green 2009 for all! And I have a question for you, too. Do any of you have any tips re: "Green Activism?" I want to do more than just recycle, and avoid buying the polluting clothing, products, and etc, and not driving a car... I was skiing this week, and the resort, Wist, still uses styrofoam products - even though they have recycling bins for glass and aluminum!!! I was inspired to hear the story of a young man who stuck his neck out for the environment, recently. The Bush administration gave the green flag for a chunk of forest land in Utah to oil tycoons. whilst there were a group of protesters outside, this chap decided to take a chance. being this was a quick and nasty happening, no one checked his credentials. He bid on lots of land - driving the price up, and, winning some!! By the time they realized what was happening (he had no money), and had him arrested, he had sufficiently disrupted the auction - with plots of land assigned to him, for the time being! Please listen to the blog: http://ia310804.us.archive.org/2/items/a my-goodman-column-081224/Podcast200812 24_2.mp3 I am so inspired by his activism! I realize that if I'm going to take such action, however, I'd better get US citizenship first - or they will likely just kick me out of the country. Anyways, you are all very avid environmentalist, I understand, and i'm looking for some tips here. Thanks! Maureen (Washington DC - born in the UK)
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