Some who talk about “Going Green” seem to think they discovered the idea.  But, it’s not new. Every generation eventually stumbles upon the same concept, though they may call it by different names.

Back in my hippie-days, it was called the “Getting Back to Nature Movement.” Sadly, the only thing most people recall about that time is tie-dyed shirts and unshaved legs, but there was more to it than that! There was PEACE and LOVE —and HARMONY too, Dude!

But, being “Groovy” didn’t last long. The reality of making a Utopia work is difficult. For everyone who is willing to give it their all, there is someone else waiting for it all to be given to them. We can’t let that stop us from doing what we know is right, though! And it’s right to go green. Some of us are trying, but with varying degrees of success. We recycle our newspapers, but we buy bottled water. We fuss when gas prices go up, but we don’t carpool. We don’t litter, but we fertilize our lawn with chemicals.

 

My Grandparents were green, but they didn’t know it. When my Grandmother hung her wash out on the clothesline, she didn’t give a thought to the energy savings of solar power. That was just the way it was done. And when she dumped that same wash water over her garden, she wasn’t thinking of water conservation either. She was thinking of conserving her BACK from having to haul water! There were no garden hoses, just watering cans. To get the water, you didn’t just turn a spigot either; you had to pump a handle. Life was hard!

 

Hey, I’m not one for living in the past. I’m all for flush toilets, running water and electricity.It’s simply because we want future generations to have these things too, that we need to conserve our resources now.

Any new endeavor is difficult at first, but if we start by incorporating some of the energy-saving ideas of the past, and adapting others to fit with our modern technology, we can do it!

Start by just taking a canvas bag to the supermarket.

 


Simplify your life. Put up a clothesline, plant a garden, cook a meal at home, learn to knit, build a birdhouse – you don’t have to go to out for entertainment.

Turn off the TV and read a book.

 

START WITH THESE

The green workplace by Stringer, Leigh

I love dirt! : 52 activities to help you and your kids discover the wonders of nature  by Ward, Jennifer

Last child in the woods : saving our children from nature-deficit disorder by Louv, Richard

Now or never : why we must act now to end climate change and create a sustainable future by Tim Flannery

Earth in our care : ecology, economy, and sustainability  by Chris Maser

 

Alice

Born to read, forced to work.

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