So, it’s Monday. It’s also rather cold and raining here in the nation’s capital, probably because the Caps lost yesterday and everybody knows that when the Caps don’t win, nobody wins. (No, seriously. Without the Caps, we’d be stuck with….the Nationals? The Redskins? Yeah.) I know that we need the rain, and blah blah blah, but I was in Georgia this weekend, and boy do I sort of wish I had stayed there. Oh well.
Regardless, we all pulled our socks up, got out of bed this morning, and made it to work. Victory! And now that it’s almost 6 PM, we’ve almost made it through the day, too. Congratulations all around. Today is more or less over. But, we can’t leave you without some spinach, of course.
Last week there was a lot of buzz around the internet and news sources in general about Earth Week, leading up to Earth Day on Sunday. There are plenty of groups that celebrate Earth Day by trying to call people to action – organizing clean-ups of rivers, parks, and natural areas, planting trees, getting together for book or movie discussion groups, and generally using the holiday as a chance to promote a little awareness. Even my grocery store had a reusable bag promotion this week. Retailers hopped on board, too, with everything from Groupon and LivingSocial deals to makeup and fashion retailers promoting sustainable and eco-friendly brands. (And, in some cases, green accessories, which is relatively pointless despite being aesthetically pleasing.)
But what does all of this ad up to? Does it really do anything to tackle the biggest environmental problems of our time? Speaking of which, what are those, really?
Well, this week, Ryan, Dan, and I will all be weighing in on the topic of environmental challenges. (Kara will be finishing graduate school, which apparently is important.) Each of us will discuss an area where we think there is the greatest need for action, the biggest problem to tackle, the most befuddling quandary that we just can’t get our heads around, or maybe just an area where changing current trends will take the most extreme measures – but not doing so will have devastating consequence. What’s the biggest challenge, after all? Is it climate change? Do we think that driving and commuting is the biggest problem? What about our consumption of plastics? Is a water crisis more dangerous, or an energy crisis? What about food? Or should we still be focusing on trash, and give all the squirrels we can find tiny little bazookas to stop people from littering?
So, stay tuned. We’ll have some great stuff for this week, and stuff that will hopefully make you think a little bit about where our priorities should be. And make us think about it, too.