Since we are on the topic, let me just say that I am tired of all this Green business. I hate that going green is the cool and innovative thing to do. I went green years ago because my parents (and my public school education) brought me up to respect the earth and it's resources. I think that "going green" in my realm is very simple. Don't use as many lights. Watch your water usage. Walk somewhere. Grow a garden. Recycle where possible. (I live in California. We recycle everything.) But by recycle, I don't just mean waste, I mean reusing things. I sewed a quilt using old jeans. The jeans now have a second life, and that quilt is so heavy it keeps me plenty warm at night without needing to blast the heater.
The other "Green" influence in my life was the across the street neighbors. I would see her walking everywhere with a bag when she would go out shopping. When I was very young, I thought her bringing her own bag to the store was silly. Around 1996 I realized this was a good idea. How come it took the rest of America until now to understand this? My neighbor knew about the bag thing long ago, it hit me in '96, and the light is just dawning on some people. What is that about?
Anyway, my neighbor was a bit more hard-core in her environment stuff than I am, for example, I do not abide by the rule, "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down." But, I am a believer in compost piles and growing your own food.
A family of one of my friends always used a clothes line instead of a dryer to dry their clothes. I met this family in the 4th(?) grade, and they have always been doing this line drying thing. They are just another example of people who have "gone green" and didn't brag about it or try to make it cool. They just did what they thought was right. I like them for it.
I suppose that little rant is finished. I'm glad it's out. It had been inside me a very long time.