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8 Awkward Things You Might Do If You've Truly Gone Green

Look, I am all about going way out of my way to save the planet. But where would we be if we couldn't see our own ridiculousness? Here's some examples of the respectable, well-intentioned, and at least slightly amusing things that my fellow treehuggers and I do regularly. You know you've become an environmentalist if...

1) You hoard recyclables until you can find the proper place to dispose of them.

Because like this pug, you know where they could end up otherwise.



2) You carry so many reusable bags with you that you've become a bag lady. Or bag man. Or bag person.

That way, you can at least have a clear conscience during checkout.


3) You'll sit in near (or total) darkness just to save a bit more electricity.

Kind of like these cats, apparently:



4) You make huge leaps in conversations just so you can talk about environmental issues.

You're all: "35 centerpieces? Speaking of 35, did you know that Keystone XL will only create 35 permanent jobs?" And ideally, your friends are appropriately outraged by these facts:



5) You're so determined to ride your bike (or walk) places that you regularly arrive at your destination drenched in sweat.

You're riding along all cool and collected:


But somehow when you get there, you're all:


6) You're well-versed in the ethical quandaries of foods your friends have never heard of.

Because as much as you want to eat quinoa all the time...

...you know that some sources say rising international demand could be harmful to South American farmers and their farmland.



7) Your gut instinct when someone hands you bottled water is to run away.

It would be polite to just take it, but you know the costs of bottled water are too darn high. So this happens:


8) And finally, your interactions with nature are starting to scare people.

I'm all about loving trees, but maybe try to steer clear of this:

via Jeremy Hogan / YouTube

Vauhxx Booker, a civil rights activist from Bloomington, Indiana, claims that a group of white men threatened to lynch him during an altercation on July 4 near Lake Monroe, but he was saved by onlookers who intervened.

Video taken during the incident shows he was held down by a group of men who pinned him to a tree in a wooded area. Booker says that while he was being held down, the men threatened to break his arms, repeatedly said "get a noose," and told his friends to leave the area.

The men later let him go after being confronted by onlookers who gathered at the scene.

The incident began, according to Booker, when he and his friends were making their way to the lake to see the lunar eclipse when a white man on an ATV told them they were trespassing. When Booker and his friends continued to walk to the lake, the man on the ATV and his friends allegedly shouted "white power" at them, which is when things turned violent.

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