Green has become a fancy and a trendy term, the humankind is not kind enough to accept; that being green is an essential thing. If it wasn't the case, then it wouldn't be hard for a car manufacturer to push his green car, a computer system manufacturer need not push his green products. It is quite evident that we as a human race for the most part have not understood our responsibilities completely. Well said in the movie Spiderman "With great powers comes great responsibilities". So what have we missed here? We missed to realize that, being green and embracing green is not just about being trendy but it is about being supportive to mother nature.
To me striving towards green is something everyone needs to think about and embrace any such efforts. I feel it silly when companies fight for the green ranking - greenrankings.
These companies have to advertise people encouraging the move towards green products. When I say this, I understand that any producer should advertise the greenness of a product for people to choose the right one. But it is almost that the producers are taking these efforts to pursue their customers to move towards green, that's bothering; because we are in a situation of explaining what can green do to us and we do not get it unless otherwise told. I am also forced to think that we failed to think about this for a very long time and now we realize the impacts after reaching the tipping point. This is also not just true from the consumer standpoint, but from the producers as well. It makes sense, if the green rankings are helping the companies now; to think about making greener products.
On the other front, being green is not just about making and buying green products, but it is also about reducing the day today waste we generate. I could not stop to quote an incident that happened today, just while I was writing this blog.
I raised a maintenance request to change the toilet seat cover, to my apartment office, as the seat cover was broken. The maintenance guy brought a brand new seat cover and replaced it. I was wondering why didn't he just replace the bolt, which was causing the issue. I could not stop but ask him, wouldn't fixing the bolt put the seat in it's position and why do you have to change the seat cover completely? For which he answered it is easy for him to find a brand new seat cover instead of the appropriate bolt and also the seat cover costs less, like $7 and it is not a big deal. I was telling him that, so the old seat cover would just end up being in trash and not re-usable anymore. The maintenance guy also made a point, that his employer values his time more than worrying about the waste that his job generates. He was right, we do not value other things as much as we value time. We underestimate the impact, we are causing to the environment by blaming the loss of time. We failed to value that we must be responsible in our actions for the things; that does matter not just to us but to the environment as well. We must realize that there are other critical things that are as much valuable as time, if not for more.
So it is time for us to think of our responsibilities. For those who are already embracing green and feeling proud and trendy about it, I have one thing to say, folks I appreciate that you are doing good, but there is nothing here in feeling proud or trendy, it is simply your responsibility. If you want to feel proud then do spread the green awareness and our responsibilities for nature.
Let's make the blue planet more greener!