Monday, March 12, 2012

Redeeming green

The problem with avoiding plastics isn't actually avoiding plastics.

It's avoiding all the baggage that comes along with it. It's avoiding the dogma. The theology of the earth as giver and creator. The "save the earth!" slogans. The idea that more than one child per family is unduly burdening our ecosystem. The explicit understanding that we're all part of one big cosmic happy place, and that anyone who subscribes to the idea that there's one true way is just bringing everyone down.

Yep, that's the problem. 

We've always been on the crunchier side, Mr. Blandings and I. We recycle with ferocious abandon. We pause to point out moss and birds to our children. We turn off the shower when we're soaping up. We plan our impervious yard surfaces. You know ... that kind of stuff. And while I may embrace many of the earth-friendly trappings (and prices) that come with my daughter's rather peculiar immune reaction, I refuse to cave in to the relativism and paganism so openly associated with the green movement. Not this Momma. We're redeeming green here at the Blandings house--and I have a feeling that many of my cloth diapering, whole foods eating, homeschooling sisters in Christ are as well. 

1 comment:

Lindsay and Co. said...

I worship the Creator, not the creation. I don't recycle, but I am a big-time local food advocate. I do little things to be a good steward of what God has given us and that is the extent of my green-ness. Getting caught up in the green movement puts too much emphasis on the creation and takes the focus off the One in charge.