Archive for March, 2010

March 31st, 2010

It’s Tough Being Green

By Neale Martin

We are all lifetime citizens of Earth, and as such we all play a role in keeping the planet habitable. But our best intentions often go astray or count for naught. The reusable grocery bags stay in the car forgotten until we get in the checkout lane. We buy high efficiency light bulbs but forget to turn them off when we leave the house. Worse, there is so much conflicting information. The clarity of the ecology movement has given way to the highly politicized and amorphous Green movement.

During the early days of the ecology movement, it was easy to do the right thing. First off, don’t litter. Second, tell your parents and other older relatives not to litter. Then plant a tree. The big stuff seemed pretty much out of our individual hands. We supported legislation like the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. When recycling became available, we separated out our paper, cans and glass.

Things aren’t so easy now.