Monday, February 25, 2013

Long, Hot, Indulgent Showers Can Save the World


Oh. Wait. That's not what Derrick Jensen meant in his essay, "Forget Shorter Showers?"
Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance.
So, we can take long, hot showers as long as we don't buy stuff?

We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen. 
Aren't we the beneficiaries of agriculture and industry? Municipalities? Golf courses? If it doesn't matter how long our showers are, how can it matter if we golf on weekends? Eat burgers? Have three kids

Come on, Derrick, someone, anyone. Please come up with a solution that allows us to maintain our capitalist/consumer/green "lifestyle" and feel better about ourselves. Feel like the world isn't going to shit.

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