Sunday, June 15, 2008
This is a really good piece on thinking and being Green. It also tackles a most relevant topic called Green Fatigue. Let's face it, after Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, much Green-inspired discourse has been generated and, while I find much of it very useful and helpful, some can be a tad much. I try to live as green as I can. For example, today I'm wearing my 100% organic cotton 'Go Green' t-shirt.
Well, I also drive only when I absolutely have to. My people would say, 'thank goodness for that!' since I used to tend to speed a bit. But that tendency has long been attended to, naturally. And I bike everywhere. Let's see what else, I also tend to wash my dishes by hand. And I tend to put the groceries in washable cotton bags.
I do think that we can all make a difference by being more mindful of resources and being more gentle to our planet. At the same time, I also think that we tend to behave better when not constantly told what to do and how to do the things we are supposed to do.
Hence, I found the following the paragraph from the article particularly interesting:
'Eddie Stern, 38, a media strategist in Durango, Colo., said he recently “went nuts, just trying to buy a car” because of the “overload of info, from the news, from the Internet, from quote-unquote experts on the street.”
Every new tidbit of research seemed to contradict the last. Some environmentalists made the case for a new hybrid, others insisted that buying a used model with a standard engine would save the huge amounts of energy that go into manufacturing a new vehicle. Other environmentalists supported biodiesel, on the grounds that it means, essentially, growing gas. Others countered that biodiesel still pollutes.
Mr. Stern said he finally settled (after a coin flip) on what seemed like the ideal compromise, a used Ford Escape hybrid. Ideal, until his brother, who works in the solar-power industry, asked, “Where are you going to bury the battery?”'
But jokes aside, the NY Times' piece is particularly sound and relevant. I enjoyed.
graph per ny times