Shopping Won’t Save Us

reposted from On the Level: Car Free Blog

by Maya

The San Francisco Green Fest was an interesting mix of good intentions and
greedy opportunism. We held an “Alternate Green Fest to expose the fact
that there is more to preserving life on planet Earth than hemp jewelry!
Now that the Green Festival is happening twice a year in SF, we think it’s
time to ask some serious questions about the message that the festival is
sending to the wider society- namely that if everyone drove a Prius, put
solar panels on their home, and offset their annual flights to Thailand,
that we could “save the planet.” The reality is that nothing could be
further from the truth.

How did the term “environmentally friendly” come to mean “slightly less
environmentally destructive”? The truth is that human beings have the
ability to be truly “friendly” to the environment, crafting a new
reciprocal relationship with nature rather than the current exploitative
one, based on wisdom from indigenous cultures.

Though many of the individuals who put on the festival are well
intentioned, trying to “green” a fundamentally destructive culture can
only perpetuate the damage and delay real solutions.

We have little choice but to stand up against corporate capitalism NOW!
Nature-unlike the federal government- doesn’t do bailouts.

We created a space outside the “Green” Festival where ideas about real
solutions were shared, music was made, and a culture of resistance was
nourished. The space will be welcome to all, and unlike the Green(wash),
admission was free.

Full report and videos.

3 Responses to “Shopping Won’t Save Us”

  1. 1 JP Apr 19th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I’m right there with Maya. I actually wrote a very similar post a few years ago about Seattle’s green fest shop til the earth drops syndrome.

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Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.

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