My 11/30 macro shot has nothing to do with this post, but I’ve got to include it…. cause it’s an assignment.
The other day I was feeling a bit like the prodigal son’s brother. The one all filled with self righteous anger. Because I was thinking to myself – what is the deal with everyone getting all “green”. Why is it all of a sudden hip and chic to be on the “save the planet” bandwagon? Where the heck was everyone 15/20 years ago? Brian and I have been practicing “green” living forever. I’ve used reusable shopping bags since the early 90’s, we have been recycling for so long you could probably fill a football stadium with the stuff we’ve kept out of the landfill. We have replaced most of the lightbulbs in our house with energy effecient ones. We keep the thermostat at 66 degrees in the winter and 78 in the summer. We carpool whenever possible. We try to be mindful of the packaging on our purchases. We live in a modest house and try to keep our yard and garden as organic as possible (in other words the green of our lawn comes from grass and weeds). Okay, now it just sounds like I’m bragging, but still I wonder why it has taken people (politicians and big corporations especially) so long to understand our connection to the planet. And it makes me crazy mad that it’s only now that some people are getting it.
But I’ve decided that instead of being crazy mad I need to welcome them aboard the life raft. Because the bottom line is whatever happens to our earth, it’s going to affect us all, not just the ones who have had their heads in the sand for so long. Check out Cabin Life and Story of Stuff for more thinking along these lines. And I apologize in advance if I’ve offended anyone!