In this day and age, you’d be surprised as to how easy it is to become an environmentalist. All over social media, so many people claim to be “environmentalists” and “earth warriors.” But at one point you have to draw a line between the people who actually care about the environment – and the “greenies.”
The term “greenie” describes people who campaign for environmental protection. However, this does not seem to be the case anymore. In fact, in a study by the University of Wales, “greenies” have been described as almost radical and antiauthoritarian.
Simply put, this word is a description for people who decide to jump onto the bandwagon of conservation without deep understanding of the issues involved.
It is possible that “greenies” have convinced themselves that participating in the trend of going green is helping conservation when it really is not. They are vocal on social media, but applying conservation measures in their daily lives (like not littering, segregating and recycling wastes) does not happen. They fight for issues they barely understand and quickly become sources of misinformation and confusion. Yes, the noise they make can raise awareness but there comes a point where it becomes problematic.
At the end of the day, the problem lies in people not understanding that helping the environment is a mind-set, a lifestyle and a personal belief. This belief is what moves a person to make better choices for the environment in everyday life and is what motivates them to be informed about the realities of the problem.
So if you truly have an intention to help save this large ecosystem we live in, find something you can do, practice it in your daily life, stick to it whole-heartedly, and educate yourself.
And please, don’t be a greenie.