Monday, May 11, 2009

Day 131: Green?

Day 131: Green?, originally uploaded by susanvg.

It's hard to make green choices because the choices are not clear. This compact fluorescent light bulb is touted as energy saving, but it contains a small amount of mercury. Recycle, the city says, but they don't pick up these light bulbs. Consumers have to take them to the "eco" centres. How many people do this? We leave a cleaner carbon footprint and then pollute our landfill.

Green is in - corporations try to paint themselves with the eco green brush - but often it is lip service to a serious problem. And if I really look at myself, I know that I do the same. Waste and wanton consumerism are part of our North American culture.
I love the native American saying
"We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our grandchildren."
We need to all become more conscious of being keepers of the earth.


  1. Amen! I agree completely. We need to buy less stuff. And ride bikes or walk when we can instead of driving. And eat less meat. Did you know that 80% of all pharmaceuticals manufactured go to food animals, not humans? There are many, many, many things we can all do differently to help save the planet.

  2. So many things to think about - I hope that we can start to make some better informed choices.

  3. Very good post. It's easy to be superficial and to pay lip service.