Greening our lives is a process of constant evaluation and reconsideration. It involves looking at the familiar and asking questions. It involves being open to change and possibility and especially it involves creating new habits and looking at the world we live in, in a new way. This is especially true for those persons who grew up in an age of excess, fast food, instant gratification and an obsessive consumerism. Greening means taking time, thinking, slowing down, making choices that are sometimes uncomfortable initially; it asks us to think beyond ourselves with regard to the greater good. It asks us to be global citizens concerned with the legacy we are leaving.
Greening can take many forms, it encompasses the personal choices we make as expressed in our purchases – with regard to the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the hygiene products we use, the products we choose which impact not only our health but the environment as well. We have seen such a paradigm shift in this last number of years. It would be inconceivable to many to litter, or not recycle, or smoke in public. Public opinion has turned the tide. This is not to say in any way that the battle is won – in fact, we have just started to scratch the surface of reversing the damage done by decades of obscene mismanagement and reckless indulgence.
Our jobs are simply to do the best we can – to work to make positive change in our lives, changes that create ripples. So be it the choice of seeds you use in your garden this year – organic heritage varieties that ensure a rich diversity and support healthy bodies and fair trade farmer co-ops
opting for green bug repellants, fertilizers and sunscreens
using biodegradable and compostable materials
choosing products which have made a commitment to healthy contents and minimal packaging
ultimately we send the message with our pocketbooks. Corporations care about the bottom line. We can influence that bottom line every day. If we want healthy, environmentally friendly, socially conscious companies to flourish – we must support them and in that same way let the corporations whose policies we abhor be forced to change their policies through public demand.
Greening begins at home.