"I AM Jala*AN." (jlwn111) wrote @
Mood: Mildly Optimistic
Music: Pink Floyd (DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - 30th Anniv. Edition)
4/22: HAPPY EARTH [IS,
DYING A PAINFUL DEATH] DAY!
the Original (and now archived) LiveJournal Entry Made on
4/22/2005 (with an updated P.S. II)
In honor of the 35th anniversary of Earth Day,
Hawaii's Governor has declared today STARBUCKS Earth Day. Yes,
STARBUCKS Earth Day. Here you go:
"In honor of the national month of environmental awareness, Starbucks
Coffee Partners in Hawaii has organized several events around the
community to educate the public on caring for the earth. This April is
the first month that Starbucks will implement these activities to honor
Earth Month. Many of Starbucks' activities center on or around April
Starbucks in Hawaii has requested that April 22 be designated Starbucks
Earth Day in Hawaii."
They "requested" it and he did it (in recognition of how "Earth
Friendly" they are). This is shameful. Disgusting. It makes me sick to
my stomach. And it represents a new low for the "Special Day That
Couldn't": Earth Day. This has turned out to be a pretty annoying week
in general. First off, it was a Multi-Week week. A week where it
actually seems like much more than 1 week has passed. We're putting it
at about 2.7 (weeks) at this point but she could top 3. The New Pope.
ECCH! Hypocrisy abounds on all fronts. ARRGH! And what better way to
end a week like this, than with STARBUCKS Earth Day.
"We had better
get this mess cleaned up in time for tonight's Earth Day party!"
This day should be called "EARTH IS STILL DYING A PAINFUL DEATH" DAY.
It really should. Let's just take a look some recent stats, shall we?
Let's take a look at a typical Day on Earth, shall we? Let's take a
look at some of the Daily Highlights, some conservative estimates
actually, for this HAUNTED MANSION ON TOP OF A RUNAWAY TRAIN:
- 803 people worldwide will die from exposure to pesticides and
countless more will suffer serious health threats from chronic exposure
- 7,400 to 13,000 children will die from diarrhea from polluted drinking water
- 29,000 children will die from curable infectious diseases
- 364 babies will be born that are diagnosed with mercury poisoning
because their mothers ate contaminated fish. Meanwhile, government
agencies recommend that pregnant women eat several servings of fish
Larry, the hideously
deformed and contaminated fish says: "Don't eat me!"
- Nearly 3 million gallons of engine oil will be poured down the drain
and will enter our nation's waterways
- Over 43 million pounds of trash will be dumped at sea worldwide.
About 77 percent of all ship waste comes from cruise ships
- Over 4 million pounds of hydrocarbons will be released into the
atmosphere just from jet skis, lawn mowers, boat engines, and other
- At least 3,200 gallons of oil and fuel will leak from aging and
malfunctioning pipelines in the US, polluting groundwater, lakes,
rivers, oceans and soil
- 313 million gallons of fuel - enough to drain 26 tractor-trailer
trucks every minute - will be used in the US
- 20 million tons of raw materials will be taken from US soil
So… the Earth is dying. And whose fault is that? Yours? Mine? OURS? Has
Earth Day helped to stop the Earth's suffering in ANY meaningful way?
No. Not one bit. Has it really helped to raise awareness in ANY
meaningful way? It's sad, but it hasn't. 15 years ago, you couldn't
have told my 1990 self these things (when I helped to organize a major
Earth Day "celebration" in the northeast). I believed in Earth Day back
then. But today? Earth Day just seems especially shallow. Drenched in
hypocrisy. Who isn't driving today? Aside from me, I mean. Raise your
hands. I thought so. Hardly anyone. For all intents and purposes, I
have ditched my car. I worked things out so that this would be the
case. Is it possible for everyone to ditch their cars? Of course not.
Public transportation in this country is a disaster. But is it possible
for SOME of us to ditch our cars? It sure is. But have you? No, you
Is there really anything that you can commit to today (you know, on
STARBUCKS Earth Day '05) that will help to lessen the toll your
existence takes on this planet? Aside from ditching your car and/or
planting a tree? Anything? Anything at all? I'll give you clue:
Yes, in fact, it's the food you eat. You can make a difference and
lessen the negative impact you have on this planet simply by changing
Overly simplistic? No.
Overly optimistic? Think again.
Practical and completely backed up by TONS of up-to-date scientific
I wanted to end this entry with something positive. And this is it. To
those of you who know me and haven't made the change yet, I already
hear the chorus: "Jim's getting up on his save the environment by going
Vegan" soapbox again! WELL TOUGH LUCK! I'm just speaking the truth.
First of all, I will recommend a book. It's by the guy who wrote "Diet for a New America". It's called "The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can
Help Save Your Life and Our World" --- you can buy it, new or used,
It's got everything you need to help you understand the connection
between a Healthy Earth and a Vegan diet.
Now, in the spirit of continued giving, I offer you something
incredibly positive on this "special" day. I humbly offer the following
askcarla.com - This site is run
by PETA and features every possible FAQ needed to help you understand
why going VEG (and, ultimately, VEGAN) is the way to go. It also has
pre-packaged answers to those "gotcha" type questions that detractors
will inevitably throw at you.
goveg.com - Again, another awesome
site that's run by PETA. This site is a treasure trove of information
to help get you going.
I'm now going to list some companies that can help you make this
important transition. But please remember - these are corporations.
They exist to make a profit. And while they produce food that helps
millions of folks kick the Eating Animals habit, they all have some
dirty laundry. Some have less than others. I look at it this way: they
are helping to assist people to make this essential switch.
So, with that in mind, I wouldn't suggest that you stay with these
companies forever and ever (after you've weaned yourself from eating
your Fellow Earthlings). But use them until you can migrate to
something even healthier. I would suggest a macrobiotic diet with lots
of raw, unprocessed veggies at its heart. Also - consume food that
requires very little packaging. But knowing that this isn't possible
for many when they first start out (for a variety of reasons), I offer
these imperfect corporations as places to turn. Many "normal people"
supermarkets now have natural or whole food sections. This may help
defray the cost. But a good many of these products are to be found in
Your Grocer's Freezer. I will provide the link that describes the
products and you can then explore to see what suits your fancy.
p.s I - I just couldn't let my first Earth Day here at LiveJournal pass
without posting something from one of my favorite flicks of all time
(and one that I've made it a point to watch on every Earth Day since
the late 80s), SOYLENT GREEN. Enjoy! And have a great weekend!
"And remember, Tuesday
is Soylent Green Day."
p.s. II (added on 4/21/2007) - My, my, my. That entry from 2005 seems
like a lifetime ago. At that time, I still worked for "my former
company" (which, for now, shall continue to remain nameless because the
buy-out package I was able to take from them is still giving me TONS of
benefits that I’m still very
grateful for). At that time, I was still in a long-term relationship
with my former Significant Other. At that time, I still lived in
Kansas, had not yet moved to Sedona, and had not yet begun THE RE-ENTRY
into My Homeland in the wooded, sparsely populated, mountain foothills
Would I change anything that I wrote above? No, probably not.
But if I wrote it today, I might add an entire section for Good Ol’ AL
"An Inconvenient Truth" - in fact, come to think of it, you should go
to his site now, order the movie (if you don't have it yet), and learn
can go about reducing your carbon footprint:
And yes, OF COURSE, I see the Three Smokestacks and The Spiral on the
Splash Page. It was all over the ads for the movie, too (that's what I
call a "stretcher" - so don't worry, I'm not going overboard).
I would absolutely still urge everyone, including Good Ol’ AL GORE, to
go Vegan (or at least Vegetarian) as a very REAL way to help Mother
(see links from 2005 above – I've updated them & they all work).
As for me personally, the rippling effects of The New
Freedoms that kicked in last year are still being felt. I've
recently entered a wonderful new phase of my life where the last
linkages to The Old were finally severed (in a peaceful and gentle way,
actually). And I have finally re-connected with My Homeland. And
- I've made lots of progress on the sci-fi script over the past year
would put it at around 93% complete – and "on hold" for now)
- I started my very own IT consulting company along with my PhD father
(an LLC named, appropriately, NicholsWardNichols)
- And I reconnected in a really big way with some very SPECIAL and very AMAZING people!!!
All in all, things are quite wonderful here in my little corner of the
universe (OUR little corner of the universe, I mean). Don't get me
wrong, I still feel that
Mother Earth is writhing in pain and needs relief. ASAP. For sure. But
I feel quite a bit more optimistic about Earth's Future than I did on
Earth Day, 2005. Less cynical. I've always felt optimistic about my own
life and the lives of the people who are close to me, but this optimism
now extends a bit more broadly than it did in 2005. The LiveJournal
entry seen above is a complete archive of the
original LJ entry with one major exception: I changed the MOOD to
Optimistic" (from something that was far less hope-filled). Other than
that, it's all held up quite nicely over the past 2 years. GO
So… in conclusion: Happy Earth Day ‘07, everyone! And as always: I wish
for you a life that's filled with Peace, Joy, and Fulfillment of
Purpose! Yes, it CAN happen!