Going Greenish

I wish I could say I was environmentally correct all the time, but that’s simply not the case. I’m not totally green by a long shot…actually I’m more teal…or celadon…mint perhaps.

I try to recycle everything…opt for glass rather than plastic…wrap every magazine and manila envelope in twine, but like Lucy at the candy factory, sometimes things just get away from me.

It can’t seem to be helped.

There’s a woman I know who, whenever she sees me drinking plastic bottled water, gives me dirty looks. Then on cue, to prove her point, pulls out a metal thermos filled with filtered water from her very own tap and takes a swig.

How I want to slam her for that politically correct self-righteousness.

I’ve learned, it’s what you do, not what you don’t do. When I wash out a milk carton, or give my little cardboard sleeve back at Starbucks before I leave, I’m attempting to do good. Am I perfect? Absolutely not, nor want to be…I’m human after all, and perfection produces too much pressure.

I send money on behalf of the polar bears that are in trouble in the Arctic. Thinking of them clutching ice cubes for dear life has made an impression. It haunts me actually. I even have a T-shirt that says: GLOBAL WARMING IS UNBEARABLE, with two bears perched on a melting glacier.

Sometimes I worry about the birds, and how confused they must be not knowing when to head south anymore, so I give money to an organization that pays attention to their plight, or flight if you will.

Separating my trash is something I usually do, but once in a while fatigue takes over and I forget.

I think lecturing someone over global warming doesn’t really do much. Teaching by demonstration is the better way to go.

That’s why Al Gore’s film, The Inconvenient Truth, hit it right out of the park. He didn’t go on the lecture circuit shaking his finger at anyone. He educated instead. That’s the way we learn…gently, without being told how God awful we are.

I personally loath those who litter. If I see someone drop a candy wrapper or a still lit cigarette, though infuriating, I don’t yell at them. I go pick it up and make sure they see me.

Is that effective? I don’t know, but it brings to mind a little girl I knew long ago whose mom taught her…that anytime someone littered, the earth would hurt.

Imagine a five-year old gallantly going over to someone saying in the sweetest of tones…”excuse me…but mother earth just said ouch.”

I tell myself, teal is better than beige and doing ones best is the best we can hope for from our human, imperfect selves…

or anyone else for that matter.

SB

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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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16 Responses to Going Greenish

  1. micklively says:

    I applaud your best efforts but really, like charity, it’s less than a drop in the ocean. The world’s economy is wedded to growth. All of the world’s nations are either wedded to that economy, or aspire to be so. Those bonds are not breakable. Our planet cannot sustain that growth and survive in habitable form. We are doomed, though maybe not within our lifetimes. By the time the generation is born that will recognise it is within their lifetimes, and so have a pressing incentive to find a solution, it will be too late.

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  2. Teaching by example…one candy wrapper at a time.

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  3. great post… I drink water from the plastic bottles, hippie daughter number two reminds me often of why I shouldn’t… she drinks from a metal thingy like your friend. I confess to using plastic bags at the store, but recycle them for dog walks…. Love what Life with the Top Down said,,, but, she always knows just what to say, doesn’t she? Love both of your blogs. DAF

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  4. Elle Knowles says:

    I never heard that one – “anytime someone littered, the earth would hurt.” I will teach it to my grandchildren because yes, we all need to be aware. Here’s one my mother taught me: “Fools names and fools faces are always seen in public places” – which pertains to defacing public property. That is a whole different subject and your quote reminded me of it.

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    • I love that Elie. Really…thank you. That little gem of a girl who’s in her 20s now, is the daughter of a woman I shared a communal house with when I was 18. She died 10 years or so ago of breast cancer. She was a great mom and I always remembered that little teaching. I actually wrote an essay on the blog a year ago called OUCH…it always warms me to think of it…

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  5. D. D. Syrdal says:

    Small efforts by themselves may not save the world, but we have to start somewhere. I believe the world is a better place for the efforts people have been making since the 1970s and that first Earth Day than it would have been had nothing at all changed since, say, the 1950s.

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