Filed under: J840 Week 2, Society + Media | Tags: consequences, Garmin, Kermit the Frog, leukemia, pesticide
When the handyman at my elementary school would spray pesticide in the classroom or on the playground, I stayed away. I had a note from my mom saying I was “allergic” and had to go to the library. Mom religiously warned me about leukemia and how “bug spray” harmed kids. While this did not make sense to me as a seven-year-old missing recess, I’ve come to understand and share her concern. Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” was embraced in my home. My mom read labels before it was trendy and went to health food stores when the clientele was mostly tie-dyed. My snack apple was always smaller than the other kids’ because it was organic. I didn’t think of her behavior as green, but as cautious and critical.
What does that make my definition of “green?” It’s an awareness of consequences. Green is a consideration of my actions and how they affect who I live with, in and on. How does dumping chemicals into my neighborhood drains affect the kids running around? How long will my discarded soda cans sit in the landfill? I’m responsible to others in my home, my community and the source of my resources, the planet.
Interestingly enough, the word green connotes many things: money, getting back to nature and a lack of experience and/or maturity.
Green as money is Garmin’s ecoRoute(TM) software. It’s a product that makes Garmin money, increases its reputation for social responsibility and ultimately saves consumers money.
Green as nature is the Kansas City Community Supported Agriculture Coalition. In a pre-packaged society, we disconnect from our resources and the process from ground to use. The KC CSA allows participants to become informed and vested their community and their food.
Green immaturity is the KC Fox 4 morning news (6/24/09) highlighting how nudist colonies are on the rise as an environmental movement. What!?
The one commonly shared truth for green — defining it, studying it, practicing it — is that, as my childhood buddy said, “it’s not easy.”
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