I've been somewhat annoyed by this whole "going green" movement. I know that probably sounds old-fashioned and ignorant and unaware and so on, but I should explain why.
I'm not fond of ideas that spread themselves based on fear or panic. Save our world now or you won't be able to breathe in ten minutes!!! And I'm naturally skeptical of ideas that everyone latches on to. Save the world and buy this notebook made of completely recycled materials because everyone else is! Replace every light bulb in your house today with the more efficient ones that cost seven dollars each! I realize that good ideas tend to grow and become worldwide. But so do bad ideas, and so does fear. So I'm apt to be a little bit annoyed (see above) and skeptical (again, see above) when a new movement is born. I guess I'm an eighty-year-old at heart. But I take great joy in thinking and deciding for myself about all these newfangled ideas (newfangled...yes, I'm eighty), and I don't want to like something or believe in something simply because the majority of people like it or believe it. So when this whole green movement started, I decided to watch and wait, read and ponder, and ultimately decide what I think about it.
Here's what I think about it: I don't like the whole fear-based side of things, and I hate the commercialization of this green idea. All the TV stations just fell in love with having a green week, and one by one, they jumped on the bandwagon to get their names out there. That, I don't like. Not at all. Notice me because I'm going green TOO! Like EVERYONE ELSE! (Man, that eighty-year-old woman is cantankerous, isn't she?) But if I sort through all the money-making and name-dropping and hysteria, I like what's at the heart of it.
I like the idea of conservation. I like the idea of being gentle to the earth with which we've been entrusted. I LOVE the idea of being as efficient as possible and saving money. I love most of all the concept of using what you have to get what you need, and trying not to be excessive. I love the idea of repurposing, the idea of working in a garden, of having a house that isn't opulent and ridiculous in its expenses and outputs. I love the green movement--but only in its purest form. I'm not going to run out and replace all my lightbulbs today with more efficient ones, but I will do it one at a time, as our budget can handle it. Isn't that what it's really about anyway? Doing what you can, being smart and not going over the top? Taking your time to do it right and not being hasty and overspending?
Gentler change, more conducive to an eighty-year-old's way of thinking....?