Sprawl Mart at Environmental Expo?

Sprawl Mart at Environmental Expo?

This is the rhetoric of Connecticut’s One Thing advertising campaign initiated by Governor Jodi Rell:
From the onethingct.com website:  “We all know we need to do something about rising energy costs and environmental issues. And we all know we better start now. But many of us get intimidated, overwhelmed or just plain confused by challenges that seem beyond our control.  How can I change the world?

Well, you don’t have to. That’s the whole point of OneThing. You don’t have to do everything. Imagine if you felt you had to incorporate energy-efficient behavior into every minute of your life.  I bought an ENERGY STAR fridge but I need my gas-guzzling SUV to pick it up. What do I do?”

Sugati’s comments about the OneThing Expo:

The MANY Things That Were Wrong With the OneThing Expo:

1.  Vendors that had nothing to do with promoting eco-sustainability.  Just because you say your corporation has “one thing” that has an “eco-friendly” slant does not make it good for the environment.  Where was it made?  How many miles did each component have to travel to first be made and then be sold?  Big polluting corporations like Home Depot, Walmart, etc.. should not have been allowed to have a booth.  As well as pushers for vinyl siding, unsustainable household products, cruise give- aways, shopping spree contests, the Hartford Courant, New York Times, and many others. 

2.  The public had to pay to get into the expo.  Also the price to exhibit was beyond the financial limits of many local eco-vendors.  How is the public supposed to be educated if some can’t afford to come in?  How can creative vendors have access to educating the public if they can’t afford to be there?

3.  The thematic carpeting that linked all the booths off-gassed.  Dangerous and NOT environmental!

4.  The food was the most backward choice one could have made for an expo on how to be more environmental.  The expo should have showcased local, vegan whole-foods- not junk food warmed under a lamp 

5.  The expo did nothing to engage the public in conversation concerning the environment.  The main “theme” was how to BUY our way out of the crisis we’re in- it is the antithesis of what we need as a community. 

– The Stepping Stones exhibit,  Circus for a Fragile Planet, PACE, Green Vibration Coop, and a couple of other booths exploring real sustainable change were the only reasons worth going. 

Change your focus or you look like our just talking lip-service about a crucial issue!


Chris’s comments about the OneThing Expo:

I was very disheartened by the OneThing event this past weekend.  First off, Charging $8 for an event that clearly was well funded and was full of vendors that all paid for space seemed outrageous.  Basically this continues the hypocritical aspect of the pseudo-environmental movement.  People can only help the planet if the can afford to pay for it.  How are you going to get across a message to this state’s poorest residents if the price of admission means they’ll go hungry that day.

Speaking of food.  At this expo, there was nothing healthy to eat.  All the food available was overpriced, unappetizing and served with non-renewable utensils. 

I was very disturbed to see Wal Mart prominently positioned at this event.  They do nothing positive for the environment.  Even the bags they were giving away were made by exploited workers in China.

Other vendors were also grossly out of place and downright offensive – Carnival Cruise giveaways, corporate radio stations and vinyl siding salespeople are not even remotely connected with environmental practices.

One thing indeed.  If there aren’t some drastic changes with next years expo, my one thing will be not going