Monday, July 27, 2009

As close to nature as we can get.

Deer in out in the openThis is nature at its best.

This was a refreshing sight just the other day: Driving home, my daughter and I saw two young deer grazing in a small open corner lot near a busy intersection in our town.

We thought it was so neat we just had to stop and look for a second... and take a picture, of course.

The two young deer were about 30 feet away from us and just kept grazing as if no one was there. Other people stopped behind us and also took a minute to take a look at this wonder. How nice is that.

You don't get to see this every day when nature comes in close proximity to the everyday hustle and bustle of suburban life. And we did not have to go to the zoo to see it.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Going green...Who's responsibility is it?

Who should be responsible for being green. Who should be responsible for making products environmentally responsible?

Should consumers demand only green products?
Should manufacturers make products that are only eco friendly?
Should the government demand better fuel economy and more sustainable products from the manufacturers.
DO consumers have time to sift through labels after labels to find the best green products?
Should consumers demand only true green products?
Man that is a lot to think about. What is the answer?
Kind of like answering the question of what came first... the chicken or the egg?
Or is it more a debate on what came first.

There is that fine line of what should be done and what can be done. We should not pollute, but at what cost? We should reduce, reuse and recycle...but at what cost?
Is there a cost or is it just a re-allocation of time?
How fast do we expect to implement? Is one more year going to make a difference?

More questions I don't have the answers to.
All of the above also depends on who you talk to. Between the scientists or the politicians, middle class versus the single mom who uses social services and developed country versus under developed country the answers will differ.

What would your answer be?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

How popular is being green?

Green as green can be.
Is green a dirty word these days?
I even heard some people are sick of the green thing.
Is being green getting a bad rap?

It's almost like saying that saving money is a bad thing or that living in a polluted environment is fine. I still think that people are inundated by green and would prefer to see more savings. People don't like spending more money now to see a future ROI. Most of us like to see savings on the next bill.

Unfortunately it does not work that way. But we will not change the nay sayers. Let's stick to the people who already believe in the green concept. Then as time goes by even those who are sitting on the fence may join.

It also goes back to what being green is all about. Being sustainable. Being energy efficient. Being environmentally responsible. It is not wasting water. It is not wasting energy. It is not being wasteful in general.

For those who read my posts regularly know I will not preach being green. I would just like to see common sense in energy use and environmental responsibility. You do not have to be green to do either.

Thanks for letting me ramble on here. Let me know your stand point.