You know it’s true. All this hot enthusiasm for healing the planet and eating whole foods and avoiding chemicals and working with nature and developing the self? Came from the hippies. Alternative health? Hippies. Green cotton? Hippies. Reclaimed wood? Recycling? Humane treatment of animals? Medical pot? Alternative energy? Natural childbirth? Non-GMA seeds? It came from the granola types (who, of course, absorbed much of it from ancient cultures), from the alternative worldviews, from the underground and the sidelines and from far off the goddamn grid and it’s about time the media, the politicians, the culture as a whole sent out a big, wet, hemp-covered apology.
The Green Party and its predecessor, the Green Movement, played a huge role here too. I may bash the GP in the US for organizational problems but both worldwide and in the US, Greens were talking about recycling, organic food, global warming, and alternative energy long before it entered the national consciousness.
Hippie was where it started (yes, I was a hippie) and the Green Party was the leading edge for those ideas into politics and the mainstream. Take a bow, Greenies, you’ve earned it.
(You don’t believe the battle is over? Read the next post…)