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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

WEEKLY Q: If you had to pick one green act?

Last week I asked what 'being green means to you' and this week I am curious to know what is the most important thing you do to be green.

What one thing would you do if you could do nothing else?

For me it would be thinking before I spend money about whether there is a greener choice. But opting out of advertising comes a close second i.e. actively deconstructing the messages delivered to me by those I do not trust.




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At 7:20 AM, Anonymous Tracy said...

Hi Al, I agree that considering the environment when making purchases is very important, whether it be buying something with less packaging, or something made in a more environmentally friendly way, or a more energy efficient "something", this green act covers a lot of ground. In fact I think it's only topped by the act of not buying the "something" at all. And that's a really difficult one to do. After all, I was brought up to be a consumer and it's hard to break the habit of a lifetime.

At 12:50 PM, Blogger City Hippy said...

Indeed...although sadly the economy requires people to spend money...if people stop spending money the economy collapses...and personally I am not sure that would be a good thing...

What a paradox eh?? Still, at least if we have to spend money we can spend it in the right directions...



At 5:54 PM, Blogger theodore said...

i'd very simply ride my bike. as an angelino its key to my fun and our survival. if i had to get rid of my solar panels, stop preaching to my students...i would just ride my bike.

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Renee said...

Hi! I recently discovered your site, so I thought I'd chime in:)

Tough question. I guess I'd have to go with opting out of the "corporate" economy and going local. I'm afraid I'm already guilty of Not Buying - I'm a dedicated freecycler! But yeah, buying exclusively from locally-owned businesses, artisans, and farmers would be my choice.

At 4:06 AM, Anonymous Liz said...

Hi Al,
I'm trying to live my life "consciously" and think about my choices and how they impact the environment. It could be as simple as the choice between the can of coke and water out of the tap to choosing a high efficiency washing machine. And of course I love buying things made out recycled materials!! ...but not too much. Thanks for the thought provoking question!

At 9:50 PM, Blogger akeson said...

I think for me as aparent of 4 kids it is most implortant to teach my children, maybe show is abetter word than teach, all the thing you and your readers have talked about. I am constantlly amazed at how the simple thing i.e ridibg your bike, walking in the garden, going to the farmers market, can become the best part of my day if I share them with a child.

At 3:25 PM, Blogger City Hippy said...

So many great riding is quite iconic really...I get your point big time.

Renee I hear's a more advanced option for sure.

Liz, I think your point is spot is about engaging our minds again in our every day lives. Looking for alternatives, questioning our often automatic actions...

Akeson, 'Teach your children well' said Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Absolutely, I say. Good stuff...




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