Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about “Going Green”. In the US, the”it” car went from being a Hummer to a Prius in just a few years and you couldn’t walk in to a trendy store without seeing at least one clever version of a “Save the Planet” t-shirt. “Going Green” became as much a part of pop culture as reality TV. By 2009, most of us had watched with teary eyes as polar bears began to drift towards extinction on broken bits of ice. We were bombarded with everything green; household products, toys, clothing, food… anything you could think of came in a “greener” version.
Around this time I became a science teacher, and part of my job was educating my classes about the planet and how to preserve it. So we researched endangered species, over fishing, deforestation, pollution… the list was endless. To make matters more complicated, there were a number of subsets within each of those issues, and at least a dozen charities, products and people dedicated to fixing them. Every year when I got to that unit, I would feel overwhelmed by my own helplessness in all of it.
Most of us really want to go green, but the idea of spending a ton of money on solar panels or efficient cars doesn’t sit well with our bank accounts. So, we buy the T-shirt, donate to the cause, and recycle. It’s true, every little bit counts; but there is an incredibly easy way to “go green” and add years to your life. The best part is, it doesn’t cost you anything.