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Hypocrites, Culture of Waste and the Environment

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–By Shauna Aura Knight

Months ago I wrote here on Pagan Activist, calling out Pagans who used styrofoam and plastic cups during ritual. I also frequently post environmental sustainability topics on my Facebook wall. A lot of people use ad hominem attacks against me in those instances, ie, “How can you talk, you drive a car.” “You can’t say that, your laptop has plastic in it,” etc.

One person even said that, because I use toilet paper, I should not tell people that they should reduce their use of paper products.

Ad hominem is a ┬álogical fallacy, meaning, it attacks the person, rather than their argument. And, though my own use of resources does not invalidate my call for us Pagans to live more sustainably, I think it’s also worth being transparent about my own use of environmental resources, as well as explore some ways we can continue to reduce our use.┬áThis includes where I have worked to reduce my environmental footprint, and where I could do better.

If we call ourselves Earth-centered, how do we do that without being hypocrites?

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