Why I despise fundamentalism, even if it is “green”

Religious fundamentalism is inherently oppressive. I’ve spent much of my adult life battling against the oppression of the religious “leaders”, both Christian and Muslim, who oppose equal rights for the GLBT community and believe women’s place is in the kitchen and subservient to men.

But there is also a green (note small “g”) fundamentalism I equally despise. It is exemplified by this comment at frogblog:

have you ever considered that a vegan/vegetarian national mp…

..has more (personal) green/environmental-’integrity’ than a carnivorous green m.p..?

..food for thought..eh..?

Sorry, but I don’t think the weekly meal of organically grown pork I enjoy compares in any way to the environmental desecration the Nats will impose on us in their quest to maximise dairy profits by pouring cowshit into our streams and rivers, subsidise greenhouse gas pollution that will cause potentially catastrophic climate change, and destroy our environmentally sensitive ecosystems by mining the shit out of National Parks.

I agree that a vegetarian diet is the most ecologically sustainable diet. But give us omnivores a break.

The meme of that comment would also have us ban car use completely too, as well as animal farming, despite the fact that this would throw untold thousands of people out of work.

The authoritarian approach of people like Phil u who wrote that comment is one of the reasons the Green Party struggles to get political traction.

Most people don’t like being told from on high how they should live their lives. I have made a choice in the interests of sustainability to not own a car. Others make a choice to not eat meat. All Greens do our bit, and we should encourage others to do so.

But let’s not do the fundamentalist “I’m greener than thou” personal uptick or downtick number, and instead work together politically to enhance and protect our planet and its ecosystems.