Being Green

The Global Rivers Environmental Education Network is the first acronym to start the idea of “being green”. “GREEN was founded in the early 1980s on the belief that the study and protection of water resources is a unique learning opportunity for young people and is critical to the health of human beings and the environment.” From this website:

“Think Globally, Act Locally”
“Think Globally, Act Locally refers to the argument that global environmental problems can turn into action only by considering ecological, economic, and cultural differences of our local surroundings. This phrase was originated by Rene Dubos as an advisor to the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. In 1979, Dubos suggested that ecological consciousness should begin at home.” More from this website.

I realize these slogans mean different things to many people. For me, it means to do what I can to support my community, and to be responsible for the actions I take that affect the world. For me this means to buy locally from independent and small businesses.
(I HATE Wal-Mart )
This brings me to another slogan I try to employ: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle . In my work it means I use paint with low VOC’s, such as water based paint, which is less harmful to the environment and I dispose of paint safely.
I took all of this to heart as I started my business. I look for old furniture and other items to salvage from thrift stores and garage sales, and I find ways to reuse them. The quality and character of the finished product is far more superior than buying a new, manufactured, shoddy piece of furniture that looks exactly like everyone else’s tacky decor from an American chain store.
My next goal in this realm is to get a SVO or Biodiesel auto. Our ridiculous need to use fossil fuel is abominable. I cannot wait to join the ranks of drivers that have eliminated this dependence and lowered their emissions. But until then, I’m happy to be a part of city car share.
In conclusion, I can’t imagine being a human being that is apathetic about the environment. If you have a child and grandchild, especially, you cannot help but consider the future of our world. I’m certain there’s a little treehugger in all of us! -Yabette

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