Filed under: J840 Week 2, Waste + Recycling | Tags: Freakonomics, green, recycling
Being green is a term I like to use loosely. If you recycle, drive a hybrid, take reusable bags to the grocery store and pack your lunch in reusable containers, does this mean you’re green? Or does talking about ways to be sustainable and environmentally friendly enough to be considered green? Or is it a combination of the both, walking the walk and talking the talk, to be considered a guru of green culture?
I don’t think it’s one particular thing a person can do to be considered green but more the way a person thinks and understands what it means to be green. Before I showed up to class on Friday, I considered myself a relatively green person. For example, I recycle endlessly. Little did I know I’m better off avoiding products packaged with plastic than to recycle the package after I’m through with it. The amount of energy it takes to either produce the plastic or recycle it after its initial use can be more environmentally harmful than if I were to avoid buying it altogether.
And here I thought I was being an environmentally good citizen of the world for recycling every single piece of plastic I used. I’m starting to see I have the “what” down of being green but I need to brush up on the “how” and “why” to better understand this loose term “being green.” I know what I’m doing to try to be green but I don’t fully understand why I’m doing it or how it’s impacting the environment in the end.
I’m taking another course this summer in which I am reading the book, Freakonomics. I’ve started to follow the Freakonomics blog, and I have to say, there are some pretty entertaining but great points being made. In particular, I read an entry that illustrates my point above. It’s important to know the why of what you’re doing and how it’s affecting the environment and others around you before you should be allowed to considered yourself a guru of all things green.
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