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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Green Spot: The Evolution of Balance

Posted by Tim Stobbs on October 31, 2008

I think most people would agree that we are generally living in the age of excess.  We eat too much, drink too much, shop too much and watch too much TV.  We’ve lost the sense of balance to our lives.  So HR departments end up talking about work/life balance because people are destroying their home lives or worse yet don’t have a home life because of a job.  We’ve spend so much time in these excesses we are like a group of alcoholics that wake up one day and look in the mirror and say “What the hell am I doing to myself?”

So now we end up with people going green to the Nth degree.  They buy solar panels and any product with a ‘green’ label and become walking green police telling everyone around them what they are doing wrong.  The ironic thing is they think they are doing something good when in fact their basic behaviour in the same.  They are still doing everything to excess.  So that’s why I’m glad to see some people are evolving to a sense of balance.

We are starting to talk less about giving up things for the environment, but rather wanting better things for ourselves and the environment.  Why not heat your home with a high efficiency furnace? It’s saves on natural gas use and lowers your bills.  Why not do some composting in the yard? You get a better garden and cut back on filling up your local landfill.  Why not reduce your car usage? You save money and reduce air pollution in your city and often get healthier for walking more.

Going green doesn’t have to hurt or mean giving up anything.  It means demanding not more, but better.  We can still have most of our lives like we currently have and use a faction of the resources to do it.  We win with a better quality of life and a better place to live with less pollution.  So remember to ignore the green police and find your own evolution of balance.

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