Earth Day

April 23, 2009

Since yesterday was Earth Day, I thought it would a good time to revisit my thoughts on Earth Hour (episode #11) in relation to Earth Day. Well, not surprisingly my thoughts on Earth Day are the same as Earth Hour, only 24 times over. I find it a hypocritical PR-bandage which acts as a guilt-vent allowing people to continue to lead a destructive lifestyle while feeling they’re making a difference.

Conversely, I also see it as an important awareness tool, getting people to think about eco-issues when they may not normally do so. It’s a tricky issue.

According to a recent poll, apparently Canadians would rather save money than the environment. This doesn’t surprise me. Convenience is king. On Friday my office is taking part in the Twenty-Minute Clean Up. That is, for 20-minutes were going out with plastic bags and putting discarded plastic and cardboard we find in the nearby ravine into them. This a great beautifying task. The ravine will look so much better. So much so, perhaps people will continue to not think about how all their food products are encased in plastic or cardboard packaging. Out of sight, out of mind. Sometimes I think we should get our green spaces get filled up with trash. As a demonstration that the issue of trash needs to be cured at the systemic level (the banning of food packaging). Not with a 20-minute band-aid.

~ Jakob

Episode 011: Earth Hour (Special Edition)

March 30, 2009

You read that correct. Freakin’ Earth Hour is a nerd hurdle for Jakob. He probably also kicks puppies. Mandi describes a miracle she witnessed while Jakob gets sanctimonious about hippies, religion, the paranormal, Michael Moore, opera and token feel-good environmentalist gestures such as turning the lights off for one meagre hour a year. Critical of apparently every effort made by people to make a difference or simply understand their existence in a crumbling world, he offers no solutions of his own. Also, audio-mail from Boz.

A NOTE ON THE SPECIAL EDITIONS: Before we joined the Simply Syndicated network, the first 31 episodes of Nerd Hurdles were hosted on Podbean. Technically, they still are. But since letting our pro-account lapse there’s been a bandwidth problem were the files are only available for the first half of the month before they hit the Podbean ceiling. While SimSyn’s hosting was on Libsyn, we started releasing these episodes as “Special Editions” with newly recorded introductions. When SimSyn moved our hosting to Soundcloud, those files were again lost (and we’d only managed to upload the first 10 anyway). So, here they are once more; uploaded to a 3rd audio service and hopefully the last.

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