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8 Signs You’re Not the Environmentalist You Think You Are

Turns out caring for the environment is more complicated than it first seems. Donating to PETA and Greenpeace, buying “organic” “environmentally friendly” and “toxin-free” can actually be a potential minefield of environmental errors. 

Have you fallen foul to one of these eco-scams?

1. Only buying organic. 

Studies have shown that organic food is definitely not better for you, it uses older, dirtier farming techniques that are not as environmentally friendly as newer methods. Organic farming has been known to use pesticides, despite claiming the opposite. It needs more land to produce the same amount of food, land that takes away from natural land and habitats. 

2. Avoiding GMOs . 

Genetically modified food has been seen as the antitheses to healthy, natural food, when in fact they might not be as bad as they sound. GMO food is produced by changing the genes in a process known as T-DNA insertion, which does not affect the healthfulness of the end product.

Rumors that farmers are forced to buy GMOs are exaggerated and often just wrong. Avoiding GMO food does not mean you are helping the environment a huge deal.

3. Pro-clean-coal.  

‘Clean coal’ is a term used by people to make them think they are supporting a good industry, when it actually doesn’t exist, it is a mere marketing term. Coal plants are indeed ‘cleaner’ than they used to be but “cleaner coal” would be a better term to use. Coal still contributes 39 percent of the world’s CO2, and coal waste is still harmful to the environment.

4. Anti-nuclear energy.

Nuclear energy  produces no emissions whatsoever, and is safer than it’s ever been. It is a fact of life that non-renewable sources are going to run out, but we are still years away from being able to survive on solar or kinetic energy. Nuclear energy has not been without it’s problems, but the problems have just resulting in safer procedures.

5. PETA and Greenpeace.

Both of these organisations have been plagued with bad press stemming from internal problems.

PETA made headlines when it was revealed animals in one of their shelters have  an 86 percent chance of being put to sleep. PETA’s controversial ad campaigns have also come under fire as the celebrities involved in them have been shown to be involved hypocritically.

Greenpeace have been in hot water due to their involvement in protesting about ‘Golden rice’, a modified strain of rice that produces beta carotene, the molecule that your body converts to vitamin A. Golden Rice was developed over 10 years by a company who were planning on giving it away  to people in the third world who need it to save lives  prevent blindness, but Greenpeace put a stop to it all, just because it was created using GMO methods.

6. You drive a Prius.
Driving a Prius is a sure fire way of letting people know that you’re conscious of environmentally damaging emissions, but one car isn’t going to reverse all of the damage already done to the o-zone layer. And you’re still taking energy from the grid, which runs on fossil fuels. If you really care about the environment, get a bike.

7. You look to enviro-heros Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Gore.  

Al Gore and Leo are both hailed as leaders in being environmentally switched on, but take a look at the truth.

Al Gore was found to be running his house on 20 times more energy that that of a typical house. He claimed it was an error to do with carbon credits, but that doesn’t sound like the actions of someone who really cares about mother earth does it?

Hybrid-driving Leo is famous for his speeches on climate change and animal conservation, but he frequently holidays on some of the biggest yachts in the world, famous for guzzling gas. The icing on the cake was when he traveled across an ocean and a continent on a private jet to pick up an award for his ‘environmentalism’.

8. You eat grass-fed steak.  

You might think you’re solving all of farmings problems by eating only grass-fed animals, but even grass fed cattle still give off huge amounts of greenhouse gasses. 24% of our greenhouses gasses come from agriculture and the vast majority comes from methane, and grass-fed cows still produce methane.Cutting out meat altogether would be the best option.

The key to being a good environmentalist is to be  bit more skeptical. Don’t believe everything you hear.

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