Yesterday was Earth Day.
Having just graduated from college two years ago and being fairly social, my personal Facebook and Instagram profiles were littered with "woke" 20+ something college girls making all of these claims about what they do for the environment. I witnessed claims ranging from not using single use cups for the last three years to being proud of the fact they wore TEVAs because they only use recycled plastic for the straps that go over your foot. Now don't get me wrong, I do believe that every choice we make has a response either good or bad, and we should all strive to make wise choices for a healthy Earth. I was left pondering though, "What else do they do?"
How many trees have they planted in the last year? Have they done any habitat restoration work? Do they donate to conservation groups annually, attend fundraising banquets, and truly put their money where their mouth is? Is there a tax on the goods that they purchase to benefit conservation, much like the 11% excise tax on firearms and ammunition through the Pittman-Robertson Act? Do they physically get their hands dirty in nature, or are most of their actions simply bought with marketing dollars because it's the new fad?
I guess all I've got to say is that it's a damn good feeling to be an outdoorsman. Every Day is Earth Day.
Stay Awesome, Eat Venison.