Controversial: That’s what this post will be, I’m sure of it. However, at this point in the game, I’m not sure I care anymore. For one, if people get offended, that’s OK by me — everyone’s entitled to his or her beliefs — and for two, because I’m shamelessly desperate for green ideas these days.
So here’s the deal: I’ve never been one to bother wearing pink ribbons, yellow Livestrong wristbands or even poppies on Remembrance Day, and for today’s change I’m simply swearing off all of them for good. Now wait just a sec — this isn’t to say I don’t support meaningful causes; I’ve done my share of walks, runs and bike rides for charity, I donate regularly to organizations like the WWF and Kiva and I made sure to pause and reflect for a few moments at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month.
It just means that I don’t really get the whole marketing scheme of these campaigns. Yes, wearing ribbons, bracelets and poppies raises awareness. But think of all the pins and silk and dyes that have to be manufactured for all those ribbons, the silicone or rubber for all the wristbands, the plastic and felt required for all the poppies — it’s just a bit much, really.
Far better, I think, to actually do some hands-on work for an organization, or donate money without gloating about it, or simply do your best to tell everyone you know how important a certain issue is. I’m all for as much dialogue and media coverage as possible, but unless we’re all reusing our ribbons/wristbands/poppies every single year, I feel like the waste counteracts too much of the well-meaning — not to mention we’ve now gone beyond cancer, AIDS and so on, and are doling out wristbands to just about everyone, including people who don’t like to complain.
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