Living “green” comes naturally to me. I cannot imagine trying to carry on life without caring about the natural resources, and if they are being wasted or not.

Living “green” comes naturally to me. I cannot imagine trying to carry on life without caring about the natural resources, and if they are being wasted or not.


I guess it goes back to the way I was raised. Don’t leave the room without turning off the light. Don’t stand in front of the refrigerator with the door hanging open. Don’t open the oven door to stare at the cookies baking (look through the window to check them).


And on and on.


I hear voices in my head reciting things like this (often it is my mother’s voice, or at times, it’s just my own). How come then, other people go through life seemingly without that other voice telling them not to waste?


I am amazed at the people who leave their task light on at work when they leave for the day, or leave the meeting room light on when they walk out, knowing that no one else will be by to turn it off. I go by turning off every light I come upon before I leave the building. It is tiring!


Then, I will see a handful of paper in someone’s trash rather than the recycle bin, or aluminum cans and plastic bottles in the trash in the lunch room, when recycling bins are right beside the trash. Excuse me, but, huh? Is it so much effort to move your arm three more feet to the next bin so your pop can hits the can bin rather than the trash can? I honestly do not get it.


Did you know that a pop can thrown in the trash will be there 500 years later, but there is no limit to how many times it can be recycled? Did you know that Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour! Most of these are thrown away! Every month we throw away enough glass bottles and jars to fill a skyscraper – of course, they are recyclable!


Recycling one glass jar will save enough energy to light a compact fluorescent light bulb for 20 hours!


If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers each year, more than 25 million trees would be saved from the paper mills (information from www.recycling-revolution.com).


Did you know that Styrofoam never, ever, decomposes? Not ever.


I have actually been wondering about all of this for several weeks. How can so many people really care about the Earth – care about what happens, what the future may hold for our children and their children, care whether there are enough natural resources to keep the Earth in balance. And other people just live life like they do not get it – they do not have a grasp on what it all means – the careful, tenuous balance that takes place between nature, the resources, and us.


Either they do not get it – or they simply do not care at all. That is the part I don’t get.