Finding help on being green

June 29, 2007 at 2:01 pm 1 comment

Posted by Joseph Hershey:

It’s easier to continue acting as you have for the last so many years. Many of us have acted that way, well, for so many years.

But is that way really the best way? Isn’t there small simple things we could do quick and easy, without too much effort, that, yes may not move mountains, but at least make one small step toward the mountain?

I didn’t find it hard to find information about how or what it means to be a conscious consumer. Interestingly enough, wikipedia defines conscious consumer as some rock band, called conscious consumer.

  • ACT 1: Add information to wikipedia to define conscious consumer as someone who chooses to buy goods and services conducive to the tenets of being green, someone who chooses to buy from companies that choose and demonstrate to act inline with the tenets of being green.

Information on being a conscious consumer is ready for the taking. Just google it.

Here’s a bit, The New American Dream. They give you easy access to ideas and resources to help you:

  • Live Consciously
  • Buy Wisely, and
  • Make a Difference

That was simple.

Simple to find the info.

Now, what to do…

  • ACT 2: Read vociferously on how to be green.

I need a different kind of help. This isn’t about reading and doing it alone. Being something is easy to imagine, and any change to sense of self comes from first imagining what self you want to become.

If you can read it and imagine it, then you can effect intent to change. But if the change comes from the part of the self that lives in the social world, the outside world of things and people, then intending and willing to change is only the fire that starts the movement.

You need social help in a social realm.

Changing to be green is a community involvement.

  • ACT 3: Find at least one like minded individual / group with intent and frame of mind, and foster a supportive friendship.

We all have peers. We all have role models. But few of us have mentors.

Peers are people that we value as like us. They share the same job, same beliefs, aspirations, etc. We look to them to define who we are because they are what we think we are. Peer influence is notorious :).

Role models are our private heros. We may not admit it to anyone. We may not admit it to ourselves. But every time we look at someone and say out loud or to ourselves something like “I wish I could do that.” or “That’s awesome, they’re good at …”, we’re talking about private heros, or people that we don’t think we’re like, but would like to be like.

Peers and role models can be people we know, or people we know of from a far. Mentors are people that we know and directly interact with. Some call them coaches.

Mentors are benevolent beings that actively pursue positive change through leadership, trust, and power — all of which we freely give to them in exchange for the dream of becoming more like them or learning something from them that only they can teach. We necessarily see them as role models, heros, teachers, wise friends, etc.

If your coach doesn’t have your best interest in mind, then they’re coaching you to be a fool and you’re letting them.

Choose your coaches / mentors well.

There’s obviously more on this topic. Finding information doesn’t seem to be hard. Using that information and making the change necessary to live green — that’s not so simple.

  • ACT 4: Write, communicate, profess the values and acts of living green to others, whether they listen or not.


I intend to keep listing and blogging about my list of SIMPLE GREEN ACTS. But this is social, remember? What are your simple acts toward living green? Comment here, or email me at // the green tax AT g mail dot com //.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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  • 1. Ed  |  July 3, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    A simple act that I have heard about is to use a re-usable coffee filter. It saves on paper every time that you make a pot of coffee, but the re-usable coffee filters are made of plastic and metal. What is the long-term ramification of the plastic vs the amount of paper you would use?


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