Even though it was a snow day, I still got to educate someone about sustainability.
National Geographic Representative: I’m calling from National Geographic. We’re going to send you a free satellite map and a trial of our new video to thank you for being a customer.
Me: Oh, that’s nice.
NGR: After your 14-day trial, you can either purchase the video or send it back to us for no charge.
Me: Oh, then why don’t you just cancel the video now. I’d like to save on any unnecessary shipping.
NGR: Well we won’t ask you to pay for shipping.
Me: Haha! I’m not talking about money, I’m talking about fossil fuels.
Me: You know, greenhouse gases. I’d prefer to limit those.
NGR: I don’t understand. Us shipping a video contributes to greenhouse gases?
Me: Yes. Shipping items across the country burns fossil fuels, leading to pollution and greenhouse gases which cause climate change. I’m not going to purchase your video, so sending it back would mean more shipping. I’m just trying to do my own little part here for the environment.
NGR: Um, okay… Well if there’s anything else we can do for you give us a call.
Me: Thank you!
Haha! Have I turned into that crazy person who’s trying to educate anyone unfortunate enough to talk to me? But seriously, I would expect someone who works for National Geographic to be educated on the issue. I do love National Geographic.