Girth Day Celebration


Bizarro is brought to you today by Girth Day.

I got a FrontOfYourHeadBook comment early this morning asking what this cartoon means. I suspected it might confuse a few people, especially those not familiar with environmental issues. This person was not a regular reader of Bizarro, and certainly not a Jazz Pickle by any stretch of the imagination because she also asked what the pie at the bottom left corner was about.

I confess I’ve been preachy in the past but I’ve tried to dramatically curb that impulse and am hoping this cartoon is more subtle. The fact that it confused some readers is a good indication that it is a step away from preachy, at least. The simple message here is that we humans demand all kinds of tasty conveniences without any thought of how we are going to pay for them. As most of you know, of course, we are paying for them with the health of our planet.

I’m certain that many people will still see this cartoon as preachy. Before I adopted a vegan diet in 2002, I would have said the same thing. Suggesting to anyone that they change the way they eat is like asking them to change religions. Most people find it threatening and become defensive. I was that guy for decades, so I know. But it isn’t actually as difficult as you might imagine.

The undeniable truth is that currently, raising animals for food is as destructive to the planet as all transportation combined. If you’re consuming meat, fish, dairy, etc., you’re undoing the good you do by recycling and driving your Prius several times over. I’m not judging, I’m just saying.

Incidentally, I researched the numbers I used in this cartoon and they represent the approximate number of human adults and children on Earth at the time I wrote this cartoon a few weeks ago. I’m sure there are lots more by now.

Brief summary of food choices and the environment.

More info on the destructive effects of animal agriculture.



25 thoughts on “Girth Day Celebration

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  2. It’s not preachy at all; I think it’s a brilliant cartoon! I will add this to my list of favourites, which I keep in my imaginary pickle jar.

    I am a bit shocked though, that there are people who don’t understand this cartoon. Geez, we have work to do ….

  3. Dear Dan,

    Could you please start replacing the explanation of what a jazz pickle is with an image of what jazz pickles look like? (It’s frightening, I know, but you can do it!) I keep clicking on the link, hoping for something new….. pleeeeeeeeease?


    • I only use that link now and then to explain the term to new visitors to the blog so they won’t feel in the dark. I’ve been meaning to design a BJP, but I’m not sure what direction to go with it.

  4. Jees!! That early comment was from me–I confess I’m rather new to Bizarro but devoted!! I don’t know about the pie in the corner nor the Jazz thingy but only because I’m a newbie!! Can you let me know what they are–or do I have to find out the hard way? I figured out all the junk food being eaten, but not the environmental part. Sorry. Still devoted. Thanks for clarifying.

    • Thanks for tuning in, Betty. No harm done by your comments, of course. It helped me to see that there are likely plenty of other readers who didn’t understand the cartoon, either, so it needed a bit of explanation.
      The small objects I hide in my cartoons are just for fun because people enjoy looking for them. The small number I put above my signature tells you how many to look for. Here is a list of the objects, with some elaborate explanations for what they mean, but again, the explanations are just comedy. Thanks for dropping by, hope you’ll be back!

  5. Some people seriously need to be told everything that they need to do until they die. Luckily I have a prof. who goes ape shit on these people every day.

    You’re nicer than my prof Mr. Piraro.

    Keep up the great work


  6. Dan, i dont see the point of “saving” the planet. for what? it’d be interesting to hear why you think there’s ANY hope in keeping it together “for the generations to come”. minorities have been able to influence and change the course of history, but in a world where only a few of the 7.2 billion people will give up meat (and not greed), a positive ‘sustainable’ outlook for “our” future remains dim.

    so i guess hedonism it is for me.

    • Honestly, I agree completely. There is no chance the world will be “saved” or people will ever change substantially. I guess I just feel better knowing that I’m contributing as little as possible. I’m not comfortable “shitting where I sleep” the way most of the human race has been doing for centuries. To each his own. :o)

      • Hey I’m fine with the world going dingos as long as there are enough of us deserving few left to rebuild civilization for the better.

        Bizarro Jazz Pickles for the win!

        • Ironically, those concerned about the environment tend to stop breeding these days… or they’re at least more careful about it. It’s a catch 22.

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