by Karen Topakian
It’s Earth Day 2009. And I need help.
I’ve been an environmentalist for years, so what do I do on Earth Day?
Everyday, I faithfully travel by public transportation. Have been for years. Haven’t owned a car since before Y2K. Should I eschew even public transportation and just walk?
Stopped eating meat in 1976, the year of the Bi-Centennial. Very rarely do even fishes cross my lips, and I do my best to avoid leather products. Should I become a vegan?
Started buying our food from Community Supported Agriculture when the Clintons were in the White House. Should I grow my own in the 19 by 19 foot brick courtyard outside my bedroom door? Hard to eat much more locally than my own yard, I suppose.
A friend told me he was learning about dry composting toilets, where you turn your own solid waste into potting soil. Is that what I should do next?
These questions seriously plague me as I try hard to be a better steward of our planet. And after listening to the winners of the 2009 Goldman Environmental Awards, I know I have to do more.
When my environmentalism began in the 70’s, my friends and I were considered extremists, freaks, wackos. But now we’re hip and trendy.
So what’s the cutting edge activity I need to embrace to maintain an eco-maniac moniker?