On Wednesday, the Washington Post ran a story that criticized the very concept of owning and maintaining a lawn, claiming that such a practice is contributing to so-called “global warming.”
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the article by Dan Zak claims that lawns are a symbol of “privilege” and “power.” He then claims that “the planet has accelerated its revolt against us” as some sort of punishment against the rise of lawn care, which has led to an “anti-lawn movement.” Zak further described lawns as displays of “waste,” “disregard,” and “zombie Boomerism.”
Crackdowns on lawn care have already begun in California, where state and local authorities are trying to regulate how much water residents are allowed to use for taking care of their lawn in certain spans of time. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has agents patrolling the streets to report anyone who is in violation of such rules, cracking down especially on “lush, green lawns, maintained with automatic sprinklers.”
However, Zak admitted in the same article that lawns will most likely not be going away any time soon, since they remain popular spots for many classic American traditions that are cherished by most families.
“You throw a football on them, you picnic on them, you lean and loaf on them,” Zak noted. Nonetheless, a far-left activist named Mel Bryant claimed that lawns as a concept will die out with older generations, arguing that “it’s attached to a more old-school, boomer generation of the idea of what an American life is.”