Recently I went to a friend’s house and was introduced to someone as an “eco warrior”. And, I have to say, I was a bit taken aback by the label. Although, I’m obviously passionate about environmental issues, to be honest, I was actually a little troubled by this title.
I was a child of the 80’s…an era when the prevailing environmental message was “recycle! recycle! recycle!”. I have fond memories of going on a school trip to the Coca Cola factory where they taught us about the many interesting ways that one could repurpose a plastic Coke bottle. We even got to take home the (*cough* propaganda) handy reuse booklet. Bird feeder, anyone?
My darling sister and her partner recently travelled over from Melbourne for a short holiday. As well as catching up with friends and family, one of the reasons for their visit was that they had signed up to do a sustainable Earthship building course, which involved them camping out at a building site on a lovely rural property in West Auckland. It wasn’t very practical to travel trans-Tasman laden down with camping equipment, so we happily said they could borrow our tent and airbed while they were here.