Some people find tree huggers annoying, even when they’re not. How come? Because some individuals make a bad name for all of us. It’s like that video I posted earlier. While hilarious, it’s also very true. I know so many people like that.
This is frustrating because I do believe in green living. I think living green is healthy for your family, the planet and it’s a worthwhile endeavor. When I hear people say, “Hey tree huggers are so annoying!” yeah, it’s frustrating, but I also see why they say this.
Annoying tree huggers with an, “I’m so much better than you” mindset drive me nuts. They make me look bad, they make my green pals look bad and worst of all they make the entire eco-friendly movement look lame.
You might be greener than your friends. You might recycle better than anyone else you know. You may buy organic, skip BPA, plant trees, use cloth diapers and take any number of awesome green actions to improve the world. Still, if you’re annoying about it, you’re offsetting your good intentions.
No one will see the good you do if your “better than you attitude” takes center stage.
It’s like people who over-preach religion or find a little too much success with AA or some other group. Some folks not only talk about it 24/7 but they act like they’re the only ones who have ever accomplished something decent or new. Just like over hyper church folks can make you want to run screaming away from the church, so can an overzealous eco-individual make you hate green issues.
The worst part:
When someone is new to something, like green living, they deserve and need, friendly, helpful advice. They don’t need criticism or force or facts shoved endlessly in their face. Being annoying is never a good way to convince others that eco-friendly is the way to go.
Am I guilty of being an annoying tree hugger….?
Well, it’s hard to judge yourself fairly. To be honest, inside I seethe about some issues. For example, it makes me nuts when people complain that healthy, greener foods cost more so they buy junk and fast food. I HATE seeing parents buy toxic soaps for their kids, even when I’ve said, “Hey, that’s full of chemicals!” When I see families use bleach on kids toys or meet parents who have raised their kids on a hearty diet of screen time 24/7, yeah it 100% bugs me.
Still, unless it comes up or it’s someone I know really well, I don’t tend to spout off – I keep the feelings inside. I’m a talker huge debater, so sure, I could say something but usually I don’t because I know me. I could get really annoying. I’d rather play it safe. Also, and this is key – I’m far from perfectly green. I try. In fact, often I try really hard, but I could do better and I downright suck at some green living practices.
All-in-all, I’m pretty sure that my friends and strangers will be more receptive to green living if I’m nice about it and not preachy or lame.
What do you think? Are you overly preachy about green living? Do you ever run into folks who are?