Just like the lyrics of John Mayer’s song, “Waiting on the World to Change” I too am still waiting. In response to the possibility of increased heat temperatures and destruction of our planet, it seems that people and businesses are changing their thinking to prevent such a catastrophic occurrence. But I question, have we as a society really changed our behavior?
“With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don’t have the means
To rise above and beat it”
Perhaps this very question will be addressed by other Green Mom bloggers as part of the first Green Mom carnival organized by Lynn of Organic Mania. ( Update 6/03/13: I am re-introducing this post again for 350.org’s 10-10-10 Global Work Party and part of another green mom carnival hosted by ClimateMama. This post is timeless and reflects how I felt in 2008 as well as how I feel now in 2010. Um, still waiting and it is 2013)
Why is Climate Change Topic so Important to me?
As many of my loyal readers know, I have four children and am passionate about green building. In 2003, I built a home in 2003 with many green building attributes. (Here is my story.)
As I continued on my own green journey, I realized that my own carbon footprint was too large. Consequently, I started looking at how I could reduce my own footprint. Why should my children and grandchildren to be left with the mess that I caused?
Everything I become involved in from school programs to my own personal life I try to think how I could help to teach others to reduce their own footprint. I don’t understand the word, “no.” I believe there is always a solution.
But I am Discouraged
Over the past year, I am encouraged that the world is changing. The concept of “green” is everywhere. Multiple articles written with green tips (including mine) urging all of us to use CFLs, reduce our water consumption, insulate our homes better, and recycle to using chemical free cleaners, clothes and food products. However, in my own community and when I travel across the country , as I did recently, I feel discouraged, frustrated and down right angered by how many people still just don’t get it.
Every day I hear, “it is too expensive!” “Why should I bother?” OR “It is too inconvenient”, as they murmur “tree hugger” under their breath. I watch in amazement when people just throw everything out in their trash cans from furniture that can be donated to items that can be recycled. I drive by many office buildings that have all of their lights on and “no one is home.”
How about the freezing malls that you have to wear a sweater to in the middle of summer? Or the trash filled sky high with plastic bottles?
“It’s hard to beat the system
When we’re standing at a distance
So we keep waiting
But am I being too judgmental? Are people legitimately trying, but green options are just not readily accessible? Perhaps green products are just too expensive? Should our government give more rebates to help people go green? Is there even money to give those rebates? Should recycling be more accessible? Will people’s behaviors change if it affects their wallet?
“What you get is what you got
Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want.”
Simple Low Cost Ways to Reduce Your Footprint
I do know there are simple ways that everyone can help reduce their own impact that don’t cost a dime. Read my article, “18 Easy Green without Spending a Dime.” All I am asking is for people to tread lighter on the Earth and consider how they can reduce their own footprint. Consider reducing your footprint as follows:
- Use less plastic or buy something that has less packaging to decrease our dependency on oil? My Plastic Free Life is one of my favorite blogs that is constantly making me think on how I can use less plastic.
- Reuse something in another way.
- Buy organic or local foods.
- Buy less or buy only green products that are fair trade, and manufactured without harmful chemicals and environmentally sound practices? Send a message to companies that this is what we demand! In addition, check out Treehugger, Green Guide along with the Green Moms who are part of this carnival. (See the green moms listings on OrganicMania) You know the saying, “Mother knows best.” All these Moms do.
- Opt for public transportation, car pooling, or walking.
- Turn that thermostat up or down depending on the season.
- Unplug those vampire electronics that suck up energy when you are not using them.
- Look at your own energy consumption. (See my articles on how to reduce your energy consumption here and here.) The list can go on and on.
And we’re still waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change
One day our generation
Is gonna rule the population
So we keep on waiting”
Okay, how about simply turn off the lights when you walk out of a room?
Let’s stop waiting and truly change the world. We only have one Mother Earth.How have you lessen your carbon footprint?
And I ask now in 2010 and again in 2013, have you seen much change since 2008 when it pertains to how people and companies have reduced their carbon footprint?
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