I have always thought that romantic love is overrated but that won’t stop capitalists and corporations from taking advantage of so-called “heart’s day.” Valentine’s Day originated from a Roman fertility festival, became Christianized in honor of St. Valentine, and now is a major marketing ploy for those selling flowers, chocolates, stuffed toys, cards, and other gifts. Since we’re at it, we might as well talk about a much more important issue that could be the end of Valentine’s Day as we know it – climate change.
You see all those flowers you love to receive on Valentine’s, they could go instinct. Why? Because bees and other pollinators which contribute to the growth of fruits, vegetables, and flowering plants are disappearing. Thanks to climate change, the destruction of their habitat, and other factors.
For chocolates, another staple for Valentine’s, we could run out of these because climate change and poverty are driving cocoa farmers to produce other crops.
And how about those romantic getaway destinations? They could be destroyed by climate change induced typhoons, floods, and droughts.
So while you’re preoccupied today to be as romantic as you can to your sweetheart, I hope you could also spare a little love for the earth. Check out these Green Valentine’s Gift Ideas.