We all know that huge companies like Walmart are destroying the planet. Some, well, most, just prefer to ignore it. In fact, there’s a scary percentage of highly respected church leaders that are all anti-environment. Oh, and they’ll preach from Jesus’ sermons telling us how we should show the world our love – and then they will turn around and make themselves fat on food that is very, very unhealthy packaged in plastic and buying all sorts of other needless things while people, namely children, die of starvation and disease. Never mind the air that we breathe is hurting our lungs and affecting the climate as they preach about prosperity (With the purpose of keeping it for themeselves, often) and owning private jets and God wanting all of us to drive a sports car. Yes, this actually does happen.
Oh dear. This blog doesn’t know what it wants to be yet, does it? Two years ago when I started this, I thought it would be a music fused with fashion blog. Like a side project next to my writing blog. I’ve always been someone with a dream to help change the world. I’ve always wanted to donate to charities and help feed the poor and protect the baby seals from being slaughtered as they so innocently look up at their savage murderer, helpless to flee or fight.
Okay, where was I going with this? Oh, yes. Walmart. I’ve always suspected that it was not a good business, but it just makes your jaw drop when you begin to read what really goes on beyond the crowded, crying spoiled kid-infested aisles. Just do a Google search and you’ll find a lot of horrors that are happening right now.
Walmart is one of the most irresponsible companies, socially and environmentally, out there. It makes my stomach churn at their ironic smiley face ads about low prices, but they have been exposed to supporting and tolerating AND enabling sweat shops with – you guessed it – terrible conditions.
The attitude of turning heads away at the reality of children and adults alike being exploited for work is the same one exemplified by people in the 19th century – when slavery was a common practise in the southern U.S. People haven’t changed all that much. Sure, North Americans now would be horrified at the idea of people being paid 3 cents per day for a corporate giant like Walmart on their own soil. But, if these same young people are across the ocean in a third world country, most of them do not care.
The fact of the matter is, people generally care more about price and convenience than social responsibility.