We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam … The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. – George Carlin
The unimitable George Carlin kicking us, ‘Save the Earther’s’, where it hurts!
Imagining styrofoam as our last mark on the earth is in equal parts funny as it is distressing.
As is George’s broader point, that recycling, and reusable bamboo coffee cups are a way to protect our lifestyles more than any real desire to help the earth.
What if there were no bamboo coffee cups because there were simply no coffee shops…and there were no coffee shops because there was no national grid to run one off!?
Is that future really so unimaginable?
I think the only question is wether our kids have been smart enough to choose this radical future, or wether it’s been thrust upon them due to some sort of global collapse.
It will be a much smoother transition if this is a conscious choice of course.
So how do we prepare our digitally raised kids for a reality that looks more like our past than we care to believe.
If you want a real world idea of how prepared you are for global meltdown, simply try turning your electricity off for a weekend.
EXERCISE STYROFOAM SURVIVAL
- Turn your electircity off Friday – 7:00pm
- Turn your electricity back on Sunday – 7:00pm
But first, how will you prepare?
- What will you eat?
- How will you stay warm?
- Assuming it’s winter where you are, will your pipes freeze?
- How will you communicate with the outside world?
- How many hours of lighting will you need?
- How will you occupy your time – what jobs need doing,
- How will you ensure social cohesion?
The last question to ask yourself…
- Are you in?