I have been reading a blog over the past month or so called Treehugger. With all this renewed talk in global warming and the big splash, no pun intended, that An Inconvenient Truth made, I felt it was necessary to at least start reading more about how to “save the Earth”. I’ve always done my part to recycle because I felt like it was the right thing to do. After paying more attention to it over the past month, though, I feel that my personal efforts need to step up. Plus, my eye has become more sensitive to just how much gets wasted in the United States. We use useless shopping bags handed out at stores. We buy knick knacks and novelty items that serve no purpose and eventually become landfill. We print out emails. We throw away items that might have no use to us anymore, but could serve a purpose for someone else. I know I am not perfect (it is extremely difficult to be perfect in a society that prefers waste), but I’m at least trying to make an effort and be aware of my ecological footprint. I’ve started taking the train and bus to work and run errands. I try to keep things in a digital format instead of printing them out. I do my best to recycle whenever it is necessary. I don’t know if I would consider myself an environmentalist, but I want to do my part.
In turn, I have added a new category to my blog…green living. And, one of the first things I want to do is avoid buying bottled water. It always felt like a major scam to me, and I’m glad some people are starting to revolt against the use of bottled water. Check out what this food critic in the UK is doing. Now, you can call me a tree hugger.