Green Me, Baby

By Keith Kloor | January 27, 2011 10:05 pm

Well, I didn’t take the poll, but I’m putting my nomination in early for the official TreeShagger song.

I’m also shocked–shocked–that this number one green pastime didn’t make the cut.

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  • Hannah

    Excellent! Suggest that Greenpeace gets a new slogan: “Save a bird and look for one at the same time!”

  • Stu

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush :)

  • Hannah

    Stu, more like “God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest” :o)

  • lucia

    or might share other interests (home brewing, science, guerrilla knitting)
    Weird. Is home brewing green? And guerrilla knitting?
    Jim and I gifted a home brewing kit to my brother’s in law for Christmas and we will probably be drinking the first batch this weekend or next. I knit, but I’ve never understood some people fascination with guerrilla knitting. The activity certainly doesn’t strike me as “green”.  Is it “greener” to use el-cheapo acrylic (which would stand up to the elements longer if left in place)? Or all natural fibers (which will rot in the city dump where most of these projects will end up after city workers remove them)?

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  • Stu

    Lucia :)
    “Weird. Is home brewing green? And guerrilla knitting?”

    I guess they both tie into the self sufficiency thing- guerilla knitting I hadn’t heard of before- but I guess it’s a natural amalgamation of environmental activism and ‘crafternoons’ as people I know call them. I’m not a beer drinker but one day my friend let me taste the result of his home brewing ‘experiment’, let’s just say it certainly didn’t turn me around on beer…  Blechh.

  • lucia

    Guerrilla knitting does not tie into self-sufficiency and has very little to do with “crafternoons”.  Guerrilla knitting is an acivity where someone knits (or crochets) something that ends up decorating an publicly displayed object (e.g. tree, mailbox, statue).  Sometimes the displays are funny, sometimes artistic. But it’s never about self sufficiency.

    Here’s a link where you will find guerrilla knitters decorated parking meters.  I suspect all the knitting was dirty by the time of the next rain or snow storm.

  • Stu

    Yeah- I checked out some photos trying to work out what it was about. I know that knitting itself became quite trendy again amongst  friends about 8 years or so back, along with saving cans and jars and that kind of thing. It was about looking back to 40s style wartime thrift. Not self sufficiency I guess, but that consciousness of doing more with less, like grandma used to.

    I agree with you that there’s not much ‘green’ value in covering parking meters in wool. Leaving them totally alone would consume less resources. I just linked it to an aesthetic that I was already familiar with..


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Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets. From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine. In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest. He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.


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