Monday, January 17, 2011

Recycling and ‘going green’ aren’t a fad

 

Survey’s or not, the public should get on board with the habit of recycling.  Buying environmental friendly goods and disposing of them properly is a necessity.  Not just a moral necessity, but a necessary behavior so that our way of life can survive. This survey  shows that less American are ‘going green’ (who knows how accurate it is?).  This should not be a warning that ‘going green’ isn’t worth it? Quite the reverse.  If this survey is a warning about anything, it should be a warning to government and businesses that the public needs to be better educated as the state our environment is in.   

Harris Interactive: Press Releases > Environmental Advocacy Grows Stronger for LGBT Americans  “As more Americans take steps to understand and protect the environment, there now appear to be widening gaps in attitudes between LGBT Americans and their heterosexual counterparts. For instance, one in three (35%) LGBT adults state that the self-label of "environmentalist" describes their identities completely or very well, when contrasted with just 15% of heterosexuals who believe this self-label fits themselves that same way.”

Somehow we have to deal with American exceptionalism that somehow Americans don’t have to consider environmental degradation.  We are in large part causing much of the Climate Change and pollution and energy use on this planet.  Americans need as consumers to take responsibility for their behavior towards our environment.  

One way to understand what I’m writing about it to watch this incredibly insightful film about taking responsibility for how we live: The Fever (2004) - IMDb “Tells the story of a woman who gets involved in politics with no previous contact with world events.”  The main character begins to understand at a visceral level that how she lives affects others living conditions. Read on: 

"Green" losing its glow? | Resource Recycling "Fewer Americans are "going green" according to the results of a new survey, by Harris Interactive. The survey of 2,352 adults found that fewer reported making lifestyle changes to protect the environment compared with the results of a similar poll in 2009. Just one in three respondents expressed support for conserving the environment, compared to two in five adults the previous year. " Resource Recycling

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