It’s Not Easy Being Green

OK, so you know that I’ve been living under the rock known as having a baby. That’s why I didn’t know until Friday about the Live Earth concerts happening around the world. It is the only reason I can come up with that I managed to miss the biggest concert event since which one: Live Aid, Farm Aid, Live 8? Whichever, it was a really big concert. And I’m as much a fan of concerts as the next fan girl. I actually got goose bumps to see The Police on stage together. And let me tell you if you didn’t see that part of the show, go check it on youtube.com because it rocked! Also, Every Bass Player in the Known Universe rocked, but I only saw that this morning. Yes absolutely, John, Spinal Tap is a rock band.

By the way, how exactly did Al Gore talk all these bands into playing at this concert anyway? “Yeah, I know my wife tried to rate some records a while back, but you kids are too young to remember that. So, can you come play my concert?” Did this memory evoke the same chuckle for anyone else?

But that’s not what I’m going to talk about in this post. I want to talk about what the concert was supposed to be promoting.

Raising people’s awareness of the climate changes that are happening.

I was thinking about that as I sat in my nearly 2,000 square foot, single-family dwelling and my central air-conditioner chugged away in the brutal Alabama sunshine. And then I pondered the carbon footprint of the concerts themselves. That bit of mathematical gymnastics nearly ground my though processes to a halt. The promoters actually address that here but I still wonder what the actual end results were.

Stephen and I take what I call the lazy man’s approach to being green. We recycle, but all that really requires is hauling a second can to the street on garbage day. We do have almost all swirly light bulbs in our house, which we’ve changed as the previous bulbs have burned out. Our new car is decently green, well, it’s small at least, which means less gas, right? We do partake of green power from our local utilities company, but it doesn’t cover our entire bill, just a percentage. I’ve actually learned to turn off the water while I’m brushing my teeth. I know that’s lame but it’s a hard habit to break.

Most of the ways in which we are green are convenient to us and that’s really what it all boils down to: How do we make all these green options viable choices for Americans? I’m not ready to move to the commune and stuff my hand-built house with animal hair for insulation just yet but surely, there’s a happy medium between here and the commune?

I want to start implementing some more green practices around my house. So I think my next thing is to make some morsbags to shop with. Wanna come help? I don’t think I’m ready for a Soy Wallet but hey, some of you might be.

So what are you guys doing to be green? I’m looking for ideas. Especially easy stuff that doesn’t require a lot of time or money. Bonus points for involving the three year old!

5 thoughts on “It’s Not Easy Being Green

  1. Misty,

    I just finished writing an article for Documentary magazine that will come out in September that looks at upcoming “Green” programming initiatives such as the Tuesday night block on Sundance Channel, and next year’s Discovery PlanetGreen re-branding of DiscoveryHealth Channel. Anyway, also included in this article is the website http://www.treehugger.com that includes videoblogs, a “radio” station, and an enormous amount of info that, I believe, includes exactly the type of things you’re looking for. As the creator of the site explained to me — a lot of the environmental movement has been about “No” and what you shouldn’t do and he wanted to create a site that was about “Yes”.

    Also, look at http://www.sundancechannel.com/thegreen or check out the Sundance offering Big Ideas for A Small Planet on iTunes — they have done episodes about art, children, construction, etc. I think you might enjoy the content at both of these sites — I know that although I didn’t know they existed prior to my assignment I have spent a good bit of time searching through them the past few weeks.

  2. I’m a big fan of string bags for the same reason you’re looking at making the morsbags. They can be made by knitting or crochet, but I kept getting lost in the pattern (it’s an extremely loose net) and I ended up just buying a couple.

    You can see them at http://tinyurl.com/yojqvl They hold a vast quantity of stuff.

    The nice thing about them is that since they’re, well, string, they scrunch up very nicely in a purse. I know that Fresh Market here in town sells them. Bonus to these (and the ones Fresh Market sells) — they have two sets of handles, one long and one short.

    Remind me sometime and I’ll show you mine. (They’re also great for going to the beach, because sand falls right out of them.)

  3. You know what I’m doing to be green? I’m making handmade soywallets and selling them to benefit an animal protection organization. (And I put a guide online too: http://soywallets.com/diy)

    Anyway, thanks for mentioning soywallets on your blog! 🙂

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