Okay so there isn’t much of a secret about how I feel about environmental issues, I think especially Christians should be concerned with how we care for creation. We have a responsibility to take care of what God left in our stewardship, this is why Emily and I do some of the things we do like eat local organic food when possible, buy fair trade clothes and coffee, try to conserve on water, recycle our trash and ride bikes a lot.
Now I know that we have a far way to go to living on our 2/3’s of an acre (the amount of space that each person in the world could have if we were going to divide it up equally), but I try to think in terms of “baby steps.” I have a long way to go, but I am working at it one step at a time. I also know that people who care about the creation tend to get pegged as a) “flaming” liberals; b) wacko’s or c) self-righteous people who hang out and drink tea on their high horses. Well I don’t consider myself a “liberal” or a “wacko” (these are not synonymous) though some people may beg to differ, that means that if you’d like to dismiss what I’ve said about being a good steward with the earth your best bet is to write me off as “self-righteous.” The real reason why we try to live this way is because we really believe this is the kind of lifestyle Jesus exemplified. Yes it is true some people who are committed to following Jesus care about these issues because they follow Jesus.
Okay well all that is to basically justify what I am about to tell you. I can’t stand [click here].
These vehicles seem to epitomize to me the greed, pride and self-indulgent attitudes of Americans – they show that we could care less about our impact on others (or are just ignorant of those effects) and are more concerned with our own luxuries. When I see these specific big trucks, I fantasize about doing bad things to them. I don’t! I just wish sometimes there was a world where it would be completely proper and acceptable to slash tires every once in a while. Well I didn’t slash any body’s tires, nor would I ever do such a thing, but I did decide to write a little note on one of those huge trucks I saw parked out by the school the other day. I have a bunch of these velorucion stickers for “bike activism” I bought from this website so I wrote a friendly little note on the back and slid it under the windshield wiper. I don’t normally do this kind of these, I am pretty timid when it comes to this stuff, but I felt justified when I saw their “staff” sticker for our school. I go to a seminary so I used that commonality to appeal to a higher authority.
I don’t think that by doing this I will necessarily change this person’s mind and that they will “downgrade” to something that more environmentally friendly. I do hope that a note like that shocked that person out of a slumber. Hopefully they realized that people do watch and pay attention to the things they do and participate in, and that they are effected by it. And maybe, hopefully, with that realization change can slowly take hold.
Here are the pictures.