Are You A Hypocrite Environmentalist?

“If we do not get our cities, homes, and gardens in order, so that they feed and shelter us, we must lay waste to all other natural systems. Thus, truly responsible conservationists have gardens which support their food needs, and are working to reduce their own energy needs to a modest consumption, or to that which can be supplied by a local wind, water, forest, or solar power resources. We can work on providing biomass for our essential energy needs on a household and regional scale.

It is a hypocrisy to pretend to save forests, yet to buy daily newspapers and packaged food; to preserve native plants, yet rely on agrochemical production for food; and to adopt a diet which calls for broadscale food production.”

Bill Mollison, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual


Author: manderson

I live in NYC.

8 thoughts on “Are You A Hypocrite Environmentalist?”

  1. Yes, I am a failed environmental idealist.

    I live in an insulated tent (a yurt), heat and cook with wood, grow and gather about 50% of my own food and trade for most of the rest locally.

    I plant trees, cultivate mushrooms and try to teach others to do similar.

    You? How do you avoid your own failure?

    What is the prescription for NOT being a “Hypocrite Environmentlist”?



  2. Uh. Dude, Mr. Vinekeeper–did you read the original quote, you know, underneath the title of the post? Apparently, you are NOT a hypocritical environmentalist. Good for you! However, I do have to say that you appear to be a little over-sensitive.

  3. This is a very good point and one which I always keep at the back of my mind when doing anything.

    However it’s also important to remember not to feel guilt for what you are not doing but rather be proud of what you can achieve.

    great blog by the way.

  4. Anyone wishing to criticize my way of living, go right ahead! I’m open. And I won’t try to discredit your argument by labeling you a hypocrite, the first reaction of anyone trying to defend themselves. We don’t have time for entitlement, to think we can be appeased and mollified into change at our own pace. Everyone and everything is at stake. The sooner we realize that, the sooner we’ll reach a tipping point that will make survival possible. Let’s not waste energy on belittling those people doing the right thing; instead, let’s praise them for their efforts even when flawed.

  5. This is a quote from Bill Mollison in his book Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, something I found interesting, not my personal argument, nor is it any kind of belittlement.

  6. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post
    seem to be running off the screen in Chrome. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.
    The style and design look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon.


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