Someone out there loathes the very sight of me. She gets angry and upset if she sees me driving down the street. What have I done? I’m a mom and I drive a suburban.
As I was driving home, in my beast of a car, from the dog park last week, National Public Radio (NPR) had a show on Carbon Offsets. One woman called in and said she “loathes moms driving suburbans.” The very sight of us caused her great anger. I have no idea why a man driving a suburban would use any less fuel but that’s pretty typical illogical thinking of someone like her…
The caller has no clue about the circumstances of someone who chooses to drive a suburban. They could have six children like my neighbor in Guam. Or, in my case, I have in the past used my vehicle to transport shelter animals to adoption fairs and to the vet to be spayed/neutered.
Strangely, during her call, she professed to being an animal advocate yet couldn’t bring herself to stop eating meat. She expressed guilt about eating meat and the host of the Carbon Offset show said perhaps there should be a “tofu” offset for people like her. She could ease her guilt by paying someone else not to eat meat. That comparison really brought home the fact that Carbon Offsets are a joke and the only way to bring down emissions is for everyone and every business to cut down on output. “Buying” away your consumption is not going to help the environment.
Come to think of it, the wanna be vegetarian and suburban hating caller, would probably like me after-all, if she took the time to come down from her judgemental perch.