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Why did you go green?
What caused you to want to become greener in the first place? What steps did you take? What are you still hesitating on?
Here's my answer: I can remember the first Earth Day. (Yeah, 1970. That makes me ancient by this time). I became very interested in cutting down on pollution. Unfortunately at that time the main push was pressuring the government to do various things.
My first personal action was to recycle whatever I could. Fortunately the scope of what I can recycle has greatly expanded over the years. I have also found other ways to reduce waste, for example, in adjusting driving habits.
I'd like to do more in terms of renewable energy, sustainable clothing, water conservation, etc., but anything that requires a significant upfront cost is daunting.
It's interesting that you can connect your interest in becoming greener to a specific day.
For me being conscientious of the environment has always been a part of my moral code. My father was pretty instrumental in this. He and I spent a lot of time outdoors when I was young.
I'm still working on trying to eat vegetarian more often. It's challenging because my boyfriend really enjoys eating meat, and when his family immigrated here they were very appreciative to have it. It's hard to ask him to cut back.
It is hard making changes when there's a lot of upfront costs. For some things there are compromises that are a bit cheaper.
Thanks for starting this discussion!
Last edited by JackieRai; 02-25-2013 at 08:40 AM.
Reason: left something out!
Thanks for answering. I'm still hoping for more responses!
The same reason is here to make my surrounding things healthy, this is by fresh air which is by increasing greenery....
I love planting, care them, love to sit under those in pleasing morning as well as in romantic evening.
This is an interesting question.
And I can feed my ego by giving a reply here.
For me, I value everything that is, like trees, animals, stones, air, water, insects, trash, dirt. I like it all somehow. And I feel connected to everything around me. It feels like it is me. Very spiritual maybe, but that's how I feel. So it is natural for me to try to treat everything around me with respect.
More specifically, when it comes to eating meat I imagine someone else tries to raise me as a child just to eat me when I'm older. I don't want this to happen to me. Therefore I avoid eating meat. Also to cut down CO2 emissions, as meat produces more CO2 as we all know.
But in essence, it is out of respect for everything why I started to live greener.
I do everything step by step. I realize, as a human being I can't overcome all my bad habits at once. However, I can start to walk more often for shopping, then cut back on my meat consumption, then turn down the room temperature. It takes some practice to become aware of our own potential to save energy or in general live greener. Changing overnight doesn't work.
I still have to figure out how to grow my own vegetables.
And about cutting back on meat: I think the problem is that people don't know how to cook delicious vegan food. It's easy to stop eating meat if there are delicious dishes available as an alternative.
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