Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Warming Wednesdays: even election campaigns getting greener

I've been working on a couple of elections these day and noticed a new development. Campaigns still kill vast numbers of tree, between petitions to get people and measures on the ballot, lit pieces to sell their points of view, and repeated printings of voter lists.

But one practice has changed.

This is more or less what precinct worker kits -- the voter lists and literature we send out with campaign workers to take door to door -- used to look like. Endless plastic bags were assembled for this purpose.

This is much more what we see these days. Well-financed campaigns provide fancy bags with campaign logos. Less affluent campaigns find clothe bags where they can. But find them they do.

Despite every other legitimate concern, we cannot ignore that our economic and social system is rapidly making the planet less habitable. So I will be posting "Warming Wednesdays" -- unpleasant reminders of an inconvenient truth.

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