Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Turning Green - Another Look


Last year I wrote several posts about ‘turning green’ and why not everybody is doing it yet. But I really believe that more and more people are turning green.

One small indication is that the number of green blogs and websites on the Internet is multiplying so fast, now, that no one person can even attempt to keep up with them all any more.

It is a very good sign indeed. It is as though the revolution we have all been yearning for is finally getting going in earnest.

Mind you, every now and then I still find myself being sucked back into feeling disheartened about things. Things like the rapidly-melting polar ice caps, our lack of progress in curbing CO2 emissions and our corporate culture’s seeming inability to let go of its fantasy of eternal, economic growth and to embrace the goal of global sustainability instead. (If only governments would be bold enough to level the playing field for corporations by imposing limits, then I think a lot of them would start competing to be green. Right now they are all too afraid of losing their market share.)

But whenever I am tempted back into pessimism, I take another look at this wonderfully inspirational video clip of Paul Hawken addressing a Bioneers Conference.



I just love to watch that endlessly scrolling list of organizations working for a green world, for social justice and all the other causes that we ‘Cultural Creatives’ care so much about. There are millions of us. It is important to remember that. We don’t all necessarily care equally about exactly the same things. And we don’t all agree on priorities. But if you were to interview every one of us I am sure you would find a surprisingly huge degree of consensus about the sort of world we are hoping to create. And we are all beavering away, each in his or her own little patch, working in one way or another to bring that about. We are all envisioning a cleaner, greener, more peaceful planet where resources are fairly shared and co-operation is the ruling paradigm.

And I still believe it can and will happen. The signs are everywhere.

(Thanks to Pam Gallagher for the beautiful photo of a regular green visitor to her garden)

10 comments:

gleaner said...

Thank you, it does renew my optimism.

a nature nut said...

Wow what a wonderfully uplisting post!

TC said...

Hey Marian. The world is moving in a more green direction and the more we focus on it and spread the word the more people will continue to share and embrace the change. By the way. I have given you an award for your blog. It is the Superior Scribbler Award. please click on the link to visit my blog and get the details. Wishing you all the best.

Jillian Livingston said...

Congratulations on the Superior Scribbler Award, you deserve it!

I love your website and will most definitely follow.

LadyLuz (Pamela) said...

Charlie looks very at home up there and how appropriate because when we arrived here there were very few hiding places for him.

A very uplifting post, Marian. I'll now go and talk nicely to the compost.

Grandmother said...

Thanks for the Paul Hawkin video- fabulous and heartening. Who knew? I'll share it for sure.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Hello Marian,

I just read your all of your posts back to 2007! They were insightful and mysterical (my made-up word). Your words clung to my mind with commonalities as I am 70 and a nature mystic among other things. What a great feeling to find your meaningful blog.

Seb said...

Great post! This is very helpful. I'm sure I'd visit your site more often. Anyway, you can drop by my favorite online hang out too, at UK Student Community. Thanks!

greenfession said...

Hey, we just started http://greenfession.com - our site where you can confess your environmental transgressions and learn what you can do to change!

We thought it would be a fun way to get people to talk about their efforts, and more importantly, for people to comment and provide solutions.

So yeah, we’re just trying to spread the word and get some links back to our site! We do have a few ads on the site, but they're simply to pay for the website script and hosting :)

Thank you! Let's make a change!

Micah said...

This is a great post.. Very informative... I can see that you put a lot of hard work on your every post that's why I think I'd come here more often. Keep it up! By the way, you can also drop by my blogs. They're about Vegetable Gardening and Composting. I'm sure you'd find my blogs helpful too.