As Earth Day 2020 comes to a close in one time zone after another, before and after photos of Progressive households around the world are illustrating the challenge that few in the environmental movement want to address.
Most true believers are pigs.
In 2019, thousands of people in Ocean Beach tried and failed to beat the Earth Day record for the most square miles of garbage left behind. In 2020, scientists say preliminary studies show that environmentalists are well on their way to beat the record even while under “stay at home” orders from their state governments.
“I obeyed Gavin’s social distancing orders and kept everyone out of my house except family members, and we still ended up with three tons of trash to clean up,” said Jorden Dag, a Marin County, Calif., resident who’s been a member of the Sierra Club for more than 20 years.
Sierra Club President Loren Blackford issued a statement saying she will never give up the fight to build public demand and political will for saving the Earth, no matter how many tons of refuse her members leave behind every year.
“The more garbage humans create, the more critical the Sierra Club’s mission becomes,” Blackford said in the statement. “We all need motivation to drive fast climate action that creates jobs, protects communities and empowers those most directly affected, and members like Jorden Dag give us that encouragement every year.”
Blackford also gently suggested that, when the lockdown ends, members should consider leaving garbage in public spaces even when it’s not Earth Day.