There. I said it.
Earth day sucks. It's harmful.
It provides a cop-out, marketing-based, feel good way for people and companies to feel good about half-assed lame excuses for making a real sustainable difference.
Every day should be earth day. This one-day-per-year stuff is garbage. This "oh! what did you do for earth day?" feel good crap doesn't help. Frack off. Every fracking day is earth day. What did you do for EVERY OTHER DAY OF THE YEAR earth day?
Just like striving for "carbon neutrality" isn't going far enough. We've got to start undoing a half century of crapping all over this planet, and these silly Hallmarkâ„¢ sound bite gestures just don't cut it.
Yeah, awareness is good. But, really, who needs to have their awareness raised? This is 2008. This is post-Inconvenient-Truth. This is not news to anyone who can or will do anything about it. Can we stop the silliness now, and just assume that saving the earth should be a mainstream, full-time activity and not some stupid annual event? The "Green" issue of Vogue. The "Green" episode of $stupidTVShow. The celebrities touting their guilt-salving charity work. Ridiculous.
As long as we have countries spending a trillion dollars on wars to secure cheap gas for SUVs, all the weak gestures in the world don't amount to a hill of beans. As long as we have countries willing to strip mine entire provinces to extract petroleum to keep the economy booming, switching a few light bulbs isn't going to make much of a difference.