Earth Day—a vapid, made-up holiday celebrated by self-congratulatory idiots who believe that turning organic baby food jars into candle votives and participating in drum circles will Make a Difference and Save the Planet. It’s easy to mock environmental activists (not to mention fun), but among other undeniable, good shit they’ve accomplished since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970: The Clean Water Act of 1972, the banning of DDT, the removal of asbestos and lead use in consumer products and cleaning medical waste from beaches—little things that enable us to breathe air and drink water.
Sex educator/feminist stripper and HUSTLER friend Annie Sprinkle and partner Beth Stephens have dedicated the past few years to making environmentalism sexy and fun. The two are advancing “sexecology,” “a new field of research exploring the places where [sex] and ecology intersect.” They’ve got a manifesto (“We are Ecosexuals: the Earth is our lover….”), websites (ecosexlab.org; sexecology.org; loveartlab.org), and academic and artistic projects up the wazoo (among other things, a book, The Explorer’s Guide to Planet Orgasm, Greenery Press, and a documentary film, Goodbye Gauley Mountain, available on Netflix and iTunes), all intended to put you in touch—literally— with nature. They’ll even come to your town and marry you to the moon (for a price).