Office Hypocrisies: Eating steak at climate change conferences

16 05 2008

A Green Printer dispatch.

Today, I sat in at an insurance board of trade luncheon conference to learn about the value of investing in our nation’s sewage and water infrastructure as a means to deal with the havoc climate change could wrought on our nation’s coastal communities.

Apparently, history has shown that access to clean water is the first thing to go down in several weather, flooding and tidal storms. Translation: we could be scrambling for bottles of water if our government does not get to upgrading our current system up to par.

It was a serious two hour talk on climate change realities. And, what did we eat for lunch: steak. A large chunk of medium rare cow meat in tepid gravy. Sauce and solemn speech aside, I found the plat du jour ironic. Here we were, serious business people (some even part of the “sustainability task force”), earnest as heck about doing our part to learn about the adapt prong of the two-pronged “mitigate and adapt” prong to tackle climate change. And, we have our mouths full of out of town, agriculture land sucking Alberta beef.

Now, while I’m no brazen vegan, I do try to limit my cow intake and I found it awkward, given the conference topic, that we were not offered a vegetarian alternative.

It’s not their fault really; perhaps, as blogger I simply have more time on my hands to research the contribution cows have to global warming. And no, it’s not just methane flatulence, it’s water too. 4500 litres of water per one 300 gram chunk of beef to be exact, according to this cool traumkrieger poster.

This got me thinking about the share of office hypocrisies we all see on a daily basis. Yes, despite all the wonderful and useful articles we see on recycling our old computers and creating an office local food, “snack wall”, hello, I’ve been at that kind of “what the use, I’m going to throw in my hat and move to a dishelved farmhouse in Sicily” stage – who hasn’t?

But no, meanwhile, there are global carbon capture storage schemes that need my blogger “greenwashing” radar, “go them ‘em” articles on using existing six sigma techniques to green-control existing operations and a solar power generating bra that I’m not sure how to deal with in this article.

And the crusade to green the world, one greener office at a time goes on.

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One response to “Office Hypocrisies: Eating steak at climate change conferences”

20 05 2008
jordan (11:09:03) :

Hey! Thanks for the great info. I was browsing through a bunch of green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and earthlab.com. I especially like EarthLab.com’s carbon calculator (http://www.earthlab.com/signupprofile/). I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it). Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).

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