Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Living Environmentally Friendly is ‘Addictive?’

It is a strange use of the word ‘addictive’ to describe a family who wants to live responsible and sustainably.

One with an addictive attitude is usually associated with having a psychological or physical dependency on something that is bad for you.  For example, our society has an addictive behavior towards burning fossil fuels for energy because we keep doing it even though it is bad for our environment because it warms the planet and puts pollutants into the air.   

I’m all for using catchy words and phrases in my articles headlines to capture the public’s attention.  But, using ‘addictive’ in this way is incorrect and suggests that one can go overboard on living sustainably.  Which is nonsense.  The reverse is true. 

If we don’t align our behavior to the laws of physics that is our environment we will be living unattainably, which most of us are.  This family is leading the way to a sustainable future; the author of this headline is still addicted to an unsustainable existence.  

An addictive eco-attitude in Irondequoit | | Democrat and Chronicle IRONDEQUOIT Family goes from 'energy-sucking' to energy-efficient — A windmill, greenhouse and chicken coop are outside indicators that things are a bit different at Jodi and Ted Aman's house on St. Joseph Street. The inside reveals other signs, such as an all-concrete, uncovered floor, as well as reused doors, cabinets and handrails. The Amans also have a geothermal heating and cooling system, which extracts energy from the Earth's core, and a solar design to maximize energy from the sun. (September, 8, 2010) | Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York [more on Green Living in our area]

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