Not that A-B doesn’t appreciate Earth Day; commemorative days can draw attention to neglected causes. On the other hand, they can also become the vehicle for a lot of feel-good hype, and in hopelessly marketing-addicted America, another opportunity to consume ... food, drink, gear, tchotchkes.
So here’s a suggestion for your April 22. Become the local vanguard in a brilliantly simple environmental revolution: Take Back the Tap is a movement to eliminate bottled water from restaurants and homes. Tap water, unlike the plastic-encased stuff on pallets and grocery shelves, is heavily regulated for safety and purity, and choosing it over packaged H2O will put a dent in the estimated two million tons in plastic waste that goes into U.S. landfills each year. In this era of Global Warming and oil-fueled conflict, bottled water is a resource hog, too, requiring 17.6 million barrels of oil just in the U.S. to manufacture the containers. But the best reason of all to say, “Fill ’er up at the faucet, thanks,” next time you’re dining out is that when we all use a resource, we’re all more likely to care for it. Get more info at takebackthetap.org.