I've got green thoughts swirling around my brain. No, not the green thoughts of money or thoughts of envy. They are green thoughts of greywater systems and backyard chickens and vermiculture and food miles.
Just months ago, "going green" was an idyllic, faddish notion that I bought into but didn't really understand. It meant recycling and shopping with a canvas bag and buying local honey. But now, as I sit here writing this post under the warmth of a flannel blanket so I can conserve energy, I'm seriously contemplating washing my hair with baking soda and vinegar and feeling guilty for letting perfectly clean water run down the drain as I let my shower warm up this morning.
And I'm struggling on a mental level because I don't want to give up my everyday, wasteful conveniences. I don't want to think that the shampoo I use is killing fish in the ocean or that the packaging around my favorite cookies will sit in a landfill for eternity or that the boots that I just bought and love cost goodness knows how much in carbon emissions to get to me. These are all things I could give up and replace with more sustainable options, but I'm physically having a hard time jumping that hurdle.
According to Colin Beavan, I'm just doing my citizen duty. Not needing something, but wanting it anyway is what it means to be a good American, he says.
Colin is the No Impact Man. (Maybe you read his book or saw him on The Colbert Report.)
He and his family lived a year of sustainability. They cut the trash out of their life (literally) by becoming consumer conscious, they ate local food, they gave up wasteful transportation. They even gave up electricity for six months! YIKES!
While I'll never strive for this version of the green life, these sorts of actions make me think. (As they should you.) What crap do we have in our lives that's hurting our Earth and our own health? What little steps can we take to change?
Contemplate these thoughts with me.
So maybe we aren't bigwigs in Copenhagen debating climate change. But pretty soon I will test the baking soda "no-poo" method of washing my hair and you'll replace your trashcan with a worm bin. (Or maybe you won't.) Anyway, we've got to do something, right? Is it possible to make no impact?