Monday, June 1, 2009
"Going Green." Just do it & shut up already!
In watching an episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8, it reminded me of just how overused the term "going green" is. Being environmentally friendly is our duty as people living on this Earth, yet somehow it's become more of a trendy thing. In this particular episode, Jon & Kate happened to be getting solar panels installed on their roof & I swear, if I heard Kate utter those 2 words one more time, I was going to regurgitate my dinner. Yes, if I was paid oodles of money to have my life filmed & things were given to me for free, I could be much more "green" (gag) than I am now. It also seems that the people on tv & in magazines who talk about being green are the ones getting on their private jets for a date night in another city or hopping from plane to plane to promote a book. Being good to our environment is not something we should be bragging about, it should be something we just do. I recycle, keep my water use to a minimum, turn off unnecessary lights, use energy efficient light bulbs, etc, etc & I do not expect a pat on the back for it.
In subscribing to Domino magazine, I often read about "green" homes. It takes a whole lotta cash to really make your home environmentally friendly. I personally do not have the funds to replace my fully functioning appliances with energy efficient versions. Nor can I trade in my car for a hybrid. But, I can do the things within my means to treat Mother Earth with respect. We are given one planet to live on & we should treat it well, gosh darn it! No one thanks us for washing our hands after using the facilities, do they?! Nope. That's because it's expected of us, just as keeping our Earth clean should be.
So to all of you out there, try & find something in your life that you can do to make a difference. Even if it's just turning the water off while brushing your teeth. Our goal, in the Perno household is to seal any gaps in the doors/windows to prevent cool air from escaping. We also plan on having the energy company assess our house which will benefit our wallets & our Earth. My personal goal is to stop using Styrofoam cups for water at work.
I would love to hear less talk & see more action so please be nice to our planet & then shut the hell up about it! Peace out, homies!