Skip to main content

I really do.  I just don't get the point of lawns.  I'd much rather be doing research or watching a movie or arguing with my fellow idiots here at dailykos.  It's probably in this context that an idea began to dawn on me last year.  What if we Americans gave up on lawns?  It seems to me that lawns are a significant contributor to global warming.  So why not start a movement to put an end to them?

Certainly lawns can't be good for the environment.  First there's the no brainer of all those lawnmowers and their carbon emissions.  Then there's all that rotting grass dumped in landfills weekly that releases methane into the environment.  Finally, there's the increased albedo lawns produce, leading the earth to absorb more heat.

I would like to declare a war on lawns.  Down with the lawns!  Wouldn't an end to lawns be a relatively easy and painless way to contribute to the fight against global warming?  Isn't the lawn a decadent abomination directly assaulting the environment?  Yeah, yeah, I know, there's always that weird guy down the street that's obsessed with his lawn.  The lines on his lawn are always perfect.  Sometimes he mows in elaborate cross-hatched designs.  He spends hours edging.  But really, is his obsession worth the price the planet pays?

Imagine neighborhoods filled with beautiful gardens filled with flowers, vegetables, fruits, and gorgeous tall grasses.  Here we could contribute to the Slow Food movement, further decreasing the environmental impact of long distance agricultural transport.  We would also help to overcome problems caused by the monoculture of our current ecosystem by both diversifying fauna and creating homes for all sorts of animals.  I would love to hear what our resident environmentalists think about this and its potential contribution to diminishing the climate problem.  Is there really any good, non-selfish reason for lawns?  I don't think so.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site