Well, this was only a matter of time. Next they come for the water bottles.
they have started the somewhat lengthy process of banning plastic water bottles on campus.
Now, it’s a private organization, my school, so they can do whatever the heck they want. My favorite line from the piece:
One student was incredulous that there were be any opposition, since as a whole it seems like a mainly positive initiative that will make the university more sustainable
Incredulous! How could us knuckle dragging heathens possibly be opposed to something that has absolutely no benefit to the environment, gives students the lesson that “just doing something” is the same as getting results, and further softens up students for thinking that the solution to the world’s problems lies in banning stuff they don’t like. Yup. Incredulous. If anyone were actually serious about “being sustainable” whatever that means, they’d ban one meal per week from being cooked and eaten, or they’d have a day when no one could drive to campus, or …
But go ahead, ban the bottles. You know what else is unsustainable? Me keeping my lights and heat on in my house today while I carefully grade hundreds of essays. It would clearly be much more sustainable if I banned grading. Just give everyone the C they truly deserve and be done with it.
I have to keep reminding myself that this is the price I have to pay to be able to do a job I love. Teaching. But each day that passes among the eco-fascists is a day closer to me taking my limited talents to elementary school, to talk to kids before they turn into eco-fascists.
I wonder what these kids would think if a group of students got together and pushed for the banning of, I don’t know, recycling. After all, it is pretty clear that the recycling program when it takes the form of curbside recycling of low value paper, cans, glass and plastic is certainly UNSUSTAINABLE … so I think I am now in favor of eco-fascism myself … let’s ban recycling.