And by the way, how many birds died to feather that dress in the above photo? Fur is out but feathers are okay? The hypocrisy of it all. And also, whoever that is looks like a sofa at the Playboy mansion.
So this is being breathlessly covered by E! entertainment. Meanwhile, over on PBS, I'm watching: Extinction: The Facts, with David Attenborough:
Here's the thing. We destroy the ecosystem and we'll destroy ourselves. We're always talking about destroying the planet. The planet isn't going anywhere. The only things that are going anywhere are Mankind and the destination is oblivion. The planet will heal. Whatever creatures that are left, that we haven't managed to drive to distinction (I meant to say extinction. We've certainly driven them to distraction), will gain prominence. They will evolve. They will proliferate quite nicely without us. Maybe the common skunk will grow scales and feathers and morph into Skunkasaurous-Rex. Who knows. We won't be there to see it. Unless, we take steps now to solve the problem.
As I was saying; we need to take steps now. As in TODAY. Because we've been dragging our collective feet for fifty years. Yeah, we knew environmental disaster was probably the end-game of our way of life. We even produced propaganda to address the problem. I remember watching this really 70's educational film in grade school called Meecology. It was about how kids across the spectrum could help protect the environment. It was produced by adults. It was a great message. It was one I wanted to follow. So too are Earth Day and the numerous "Earth Summits." But was it all just blowing smoke? It seems like there was a lot of lip service being paid to preserving the world for children: The Future Generations. But little to nothing was ever actually done. Anywhere. By anyone in power. In fact, we quadrupled down on what we knew was the unfeasible choice. The patently wrong choice.
So what are people in power doing nowadays? They're strutting down red carpets for $30,000.00 meals in clothing and jewelry that cost nearly as much and posing for publicity pics on the steps of a museum that is in no way financially strapped. And why was Ms. Ocasio-Cortez at the Met Gala? I don't care what her dress said; by being there, she is playing into the elitist, 1% ethos she's supposedly always railing against. Read the room Alexandria.
I always try to be constructive. Here's my idea for an event that will make everybody happy. How about a Fundraiser for Nature? We could start with the fishing industry, who seem to do whatever the hell they want with impunity and are some of the worst grim reapers of the natural world. How about The Responsible and Sustainable Fish Industry Awards or, "The Fishies." Our guests can come dressed as their favorite aquatic creature. Why, here's Paris Hilton!!! "Paris who are you wearing?" Paris: "Spotted Salmon, by God."
The Amazon by Amazon
Jeff Bezos, instead of using portions of his 200 BILLION dollar fortune on rockets and yachts, could buy up parcels of the Amazon rainforest and preserve them. Just let them be rainforests. Shit, he could probably buy most of Brazil. His employees would be involved in the upkeep and protection of the parks. American tourists would flock there due to the comforting aegis of Jeff's corporation. ECOTOURISM + JEFF BEZOS = PARADISE. He could even call it BEZOTOURISM. I mean, Jeff, nobody is going to go to a Space Hotel in a vacuum. Van Allen Belt, anyone? Or, wait, have you donated money to trees? DONATE MORE.
The biggest designers, the hottest celebs from across the world, the chicest insects from around the globe! A fete beneath the Eiffel Tower! Not unlike the Fishy Awards; the emphasis here is on bringing awareness to the baseline importance of the insect kingdom. And the dangers of invasive species. Oh look, it's Marion Cotillard! Marion, "Qui portez-vous?" "Le Cicada pour Chanel!" Hosted by Jeff "The Fly" Goldblum.
Held beneath the stunning Gateway Arch in St. Louis, this event has immediate curbside appeal. Known as "The Dirties"; the award is given to massive corporations and small farmers alike and brings together all strata of society. Hosted by Anna Wintour, upcycling this Lagerfeld that echoes the famous monument (her signature hair-do already does):
Sagittarian Pope Francis has an epiphany and reverses the Vatican's stance on birth control. Not only that, he launches a line of officially sanctioned birth control devices. The launch party is held in none other than the Sistine Chapel. In a tie-in with Kellogg's, the tickets to the event will be secreted in cereal boxes, thus, helping to remove the awkwardness inherent in discussing birth-control with children.
For something you can do in the real world, here's an article about ecologist Douglas Tallamy and his "you can do this at home" ideas about helping the environment: