Monday, May 4, 2009

Consider the Environment

There seems to be a new trend in email signatures, people are adding
PLEASE CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE PRINTING THIS EMAIL and it's driving me crazy.

It's another symptom in the greenwashing of the United States. Consider the environment? What the hell does that even mean? Do you think I need to be scolded like a child because I can't think for myself?

For a moment, I amused myself by pumping up the severity factor:

PLEASE CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE PRINTING THIS EMAIL: For each email your print out, one baby seal gets clubbed.

or

PLEASE CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE PRINTING THIS EMAIL: Or we will take away your iPod. Yes, all of them.

But guilt is not a motivator. Isn't our nation of overweight, lazy, couch/computer potatoes that don't call their Mothers as much as they should, proof enough that guilt doesn't work?


If we really want to CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT we can do two things:
1. Stop buying so much crap. (Three laptops? A new car every year? Really??)
2. Get our butts away from the cellphones, SmartPhones, Laptops, and Television and GO OUTSIDE.

So here it is, new and improved and even more green!

PLEASE CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE PRINTING THIS EMAIL: STOP BUYING CRAP AND GET YOUR BUTT OUTSIDE.
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