Living Green. Going Green. Environmentally Green. How can a color that’s supposed to be so soothing cause so much stress and confusion? Someone inadvertently forgot to mention a few seemingly insignificant details to us. Primarily that those cute, wiggly, energy-saving, environmentally-friendly, fluorescent light bulbs cost a fortune to ship and transport half-way around the globe to our asphalt-friendly local mega-malls, so we can drive our Range Rovers to pick one up for more than the cost of a mean ol’ energy-wasting un-wiggly bulb. Eeesh! Why are we doing this exactly?! Oh right…right.. It’s the Green thing to do.
Yes, I know, in the long run it’s supposed to work out all for the best. How long is this ‘long run’ going to take? It’s been quite a few years since I first remember reading a Realtor magazine article about solar-paneled roofs, Jetsons-like space-age kitchens and electric car garages for everyone. At least we have made some small progress with higher-efficiency furnaces & engines, recyclable wood-based products, hip green-lifestyle brainwashing – I mean marketing!
It’s cool to be green. For now…
Asbestos was cool too. Plastics were even cooler. Preservative-infused Twinkies. Aquanet. And of course those cool filter-tipped Marlboros. That silly old generation! What in the world were they thinking? If only they could have been as smart as we are now! Just look at us with our blue-can recycling programs.. oh, wait.. that separate landfill scandal hasn’t been entirely worked out yet. Well, how about LEED certified green construction and organic supermarkets? Admirable, but still out of reach for the majority average consumer. Conscious global (gulp) warming? Umm.. let’s call it “climate change” again and call it a day on that one for a while. Or until the next slow news cycle.
Let’s just follow the money again. Green is in as long as it keeps someone in the black. The Green Movement can only last so long if it can’t make a complete connection of services, products, conservation and industry. It’s sometimes the hardest lesson to learn because it takes an entire generation’s time to realize, and certainly appreciate, that you can’t get the cool green stuff without someone able to build the cool green stuff.
Some people are better than others at conservation. And the rest will just have to pick up the slack for the ones who can’t or won’t. That’s just the way it is. Eat less; Pick up after yourself; Exercise; Sleep; and turn off the lights if you’re last. I don’t think we need to worry about oil lamps coming back into fashion for a while, but hopefully our money-making industry leaders are wise enough to put some of the old technology to better use this time around. You know what I’m talking about, right?
Alright, let’s say it all together now: Nuke.. yew.. lurr. Yikes! Where’s my asbestos iPhone case?!?!