There is no escaping the hype. Earth Day is almost here. Corporations, governments and the MSM are all vying to prove they are greener than green.

But did you know that…

Maybe long-time Earth Day advocate Ira Einhorn took the whole “recycling” thing a little too far when he “composted” his girlfriend’s remains in a trunk in his closet…

Or that

Back in 1970, Earth Day was a grassroots hippie event. The organizers chose April 22 – which just “happens” to be the birthday of their Soviet Communist hero, Lenin:

“One of the self-identified ‘founders’ of Earth Day, Bay Area activist John McConnell, has written that in 1969 he proposed to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors a new holiday to be called Earth Day on the first day of spring, the Equinox, around March 21. But, he writes, in 1970 local anti-Vietnam War and Environmental Teach-in activists ‘who were planning a one-time event for April 22, also decided to call their event Earth Day.’

“And what was this unnamed ‘one-time event’ in 1970? It was the 100th birthday celebration for Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, known to history as Lenin…”

Loblaws marks the day by charging for plastic shopping bags.

Loblaws has really got me angry because they’re using Earth Day (tomorrow) to launch their no-more-free-plastic-bag policy. Now I don’t mind the discount and big box stores using this strategy, but usually at a Zehrs store for example you’re paying for premium service. Will their prices come down now? I doubt it.

So I’m thinking that Loblaws is trying to look virtuous at our expense – and the result may not be as earth-friendly as they expected.

As for the plastic bags, we’ll have to start buying them now for kitchen waste, used kitty litter, etc. And those bags can be more difficult to decompose than the recycled plastic currently used in stores.

And Ontario introduces a province-wide ban on “cosmetic” pesticides. Now the rest of the province will look as beautiful as Dandelion City, er, Toronto.

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