The post where I generalize. A lot.

Probably going to regret ‘thinking’ out loud. 


While walking past the hotly debated Burrard Bridge this morning I got to thinking about all the different sides to this debate – and other local environmental issues.  I case you dont know, a bike lane has been added to the bridge.  The Burrard Bridge now boasts car, pedestrian, and a bike lanes.  Sounds fair right?


Depends on who you are talking to.


And here is where I start generalizing. 


I apologize in advance.  I am definitely over-simplifying and over-generalizing issues that are far more complicated than what I have here.   The following is my observation after either listening in on conversations, reading or speaking with people about environmental issues in our city, the most recent of which is the Burrard Briege.  Here is what pops into my head:


The over 50 60 set.  (a little change requested by ‘e)

A great number of this group seem to have their heels dug in on making any change that affects the ‘comforts’ of life.  I think some members in this age group have come to adopt ‘wants’ as ‘needs’ or what is working as the only idea that will work.  I also suspect this group is likely tired of hearing that they are responsible for the state of our environment.


40 to 50.

While in a few months I will find myself falling into this age group I find that a lot of my opinions fall in line with what I say about the 30 to 40 group.  I believe a strong number of this age group has made changes, some of which are the easy changes that involve a little more work in their day than ususual (such as recycling) but not necessarly going as far as changing whole lifestyle habits.


30 to 40.

These guys are trying to make changes.  I think they feel some responsibility about the damage done.  I think it helps in this age category that some of the lifestyle changes have become super trendy.  Especially with the young business group. 


20 and under.

These kids have the advantage of being able to say: “it isn’t our damage  but we will try and clean up ‘your’ mess.”  Makes the young ones feel good about themselves at an age when they are running around  doing what us older folk consider ‘not so good’!  I think a lot of the things considered to be necessities are items or habits these kids have  lived without or accepted as the norm.  The thought of not receycling is likely weird to them.


Where I sit.

I do somee nvironmentally friendly things.  My footprint on the earth is not as large, or as small, as it could be.  I MUST admit – a lot of the things I do are because it also benefits ME in some way or another.  Does the reasoning behind it matter?  I dont know.  Just thought I’d put that piece out there for the sake of debate.


Environmentally yours (haha – just poking fun here),



5 thoughts on “The post where I generalize. A lot.

  1. In general I agree with some of your generalizations…
    BUT, couldn’t you change that upper age group to “The over 60 set”?

  2. Well, I am in the over-40 set (only just I might add!) and I am pretty good but then I would be really, given I lecture on the subject.

    But in my experience it is the mothers of younger children and those families (35-40s) who are less good just because it is harder to be.

    My parents’ generation (early 60s) are often very lazy environmentally. My parents do recycle because they were given some bins but that’s about it. They use their car for short journeys and never think about packaging.

    But I do fly a lot and that is the worst thing of all environmentally. So I’m no environmental saint.

  3. I’d have had to beg for that same change in all my ancience!

    For each rule there are exceptions; I don’t think anyone could look at Ed Begley and think him not on the cutting edge of all this, but I’m not sure “Living With Ed” (if you get “The Green Channel, check it out) would be a hoot, either!

    The only way some things change is when it becomes more economical to do it the “right” way than the easy way; be it “sin” taxes, tax breaks or other incentives. For years I’ve watched Vermont and it’s surrounding states with their 5 cent deposit on cans and bottles and bans on billboards and wondered when they would spread; now I have video billboards here sucking up electricity…

    Paper bags suddenly fell from use when they started charging a nickel each for them; sadly the replacement was made from petroleum…

    When it becomes politically expedient the laws will change; when the laws change the incentives will change; when the incentives change the masses will change…a variation on a verse about a horseshoe nail…

    I hope for my grandkids sake it comes soon!


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