Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I Doesn't Hurt to Be Green

Rant of the Week
In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would share a few green thoughts.

I fall on the high end of average on the Green spectrum. I aggressively recycle, but I still use disposable diapers. I swapped out to almost all fluorescent light bulbs, but I still use wrinkle-lessening, power-wasting incandescents in the bathrooms. I bring my own bags to the grocery store, but don't usually go to farmer's markets to buy local. We drive cars that get 20+ mpg, but didn't choose a hybrid because we "needed" extra space. I set the thermostats to freeze in the winter and melt in the summer, but, honestly, that is more to save cash than the environment.

Basically, when Oprah or Al Gore give a their quick list of things to do to make the planet a better place, I do all (most) of them. When I talk to someone who is really green, I am not even in the running.

Sometimes, I wonder is the environment's situation really all that dire? You can't always trust the popular press, since they latch onto a topic and don't let go until it is dead. Is the environment the 2000's "topic du jour" like the Japanese were in the 1980's and the Internet was in the 1990's?

I also wonder are my tiny contributions are worth the effort? There are over 6 billion people in the world. How can my choice to not use a plastic bag make any difference, if the guy behind me in line uses one?

But recently I decided that the answers to those questions really don't matter. Even if the environment isn't in major trouble and even if my contributions aren't big enough to make a difference, it doesn't matter. Doing green things doesn't hurt. I don't hurt anyone by walking up to the grocery store instead of driving. I don't hurt anyone when I hand pick the weeds instead of using RoundUp. I don't hurt anyone when I use my refillable water bottle instead of a throw-away one.

It is kind of like the lesson I teach the girls. It is important to try and be nice to everyone. I figure I am just trying to be a little nice to world. Even if the world doesn't need it, I'm not making the world any worse. Plus, if it turns out that my questions about the environment are true, I figure I have done a small part in helping instead of hindering.

Life in the Stroller Lane
We have been the regular amount of busy around here. Unfortunately, Grandpa Perry's visit was canceled. He got a stomach virus the night before his visit and had to postpone. We are hoping he can reschedule for the end of May.

Scott was in California from Sun-Fri last week. While he was away, the girls and I enjoyed the nice weather. We went to the NC Museum of Life and Science. We toured the butterfly house and hung out with the bears. It was an intimate day that we shared between us and over 40 elementary groups there on field trips. Sarah thought she was in kid heaven; I was a bit overwhelmed.

Over the weekend we went to see UNC Baseball play. Their stadium is being renovated, so this season the are playing at the USA Baseball Fields - which lucky for us are about 2 miles from our house. The weather was warm and the popcorn was salty - a perfect evening for college baseball. We also went to an Earth Day festival at the art museum. There was story time and pottery making for the kids. I don't know if we learned many lessons about the Earth, but it was a nice afternoon.

That is life in the Stroller Lane. Lots of Love.


Carolina Mama said...

You're doing great on your Green efforts. Just think, everything does count! Hope your Earth Day was great.

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