What Is Green?
Green Is Simply….
The conscience, compassion, and support of living in balance with our planet and all its beings
>Having a care that our planet is not here for our personal use only, but to be shared equally with all living things
>Being aware that your every action should have a forethought and respect as to its impact to our wildlife, land, air, water, and fellow human
>Knowing as one of most intelligent of species, that it then comes with the huge responsibility to care for all others below us we share it with
As written over 20 years ago by the esteemed David Orr*
If today is a typical day on planet Earth….
“We will lose 116 square miles of rainforest, or ….about 1 acre per second.”
“We will lose another 72 square miles to encroaching deserts, as a result of human mismanagement and overpopulation.”
“We will lose 40-100 species and no one knows if the number is 40 or 100.”
“Today the human population will increase by 250,000 and we will add 2700 tons of chlorofluorocarbons to the atmosphere and 15 million tons of carbon.”
“Tonight the will be a little hotter, its waters more acidic, and the fabric of life more threadbare”
The Green Definitions
ECOLOGY-The study of the relationships between living organisms and their interactions with their natural environmnent
ECO/EARTH FREINDLY– Any product, service, or lifestyle that uses renewable resources that does not harm the ecology, the environment, its creatures, or its future
SUSTAINABLE-Any product grown or manufactured in such a way that does minimal harm to environment by not destroying the ecological balance of an area without exploiting natural resources, communities, or its workers.
ORGANIC-An product manufactred or grown without chemicals in favor of naturally occurring pesticides, fertilizers, and any growing aids whatsoever. These are clearly labeled as by the governing country of the product.
BIODYNAMIC-Is the relationship between forces and living things. In growing terms it is the energies, motions, and non-chemical practices used in farming. This is the absolute best form of both living and farming.
HYDROPONIC-The practice of growing in nutrient added water with the benefit of soil.
FAIR TRADE-A certification term referring fair wages and prices paid to hand made products. This is usually associated with products of the poor, foreign countries.
VERIFLORA-A certification term specifically for the cut flower trade that they are not organic but that social and environmental steps were taken.
**Dr. David Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics at Oberlin College and the James Marsh Professor at Large at the University of Vermont.
What you do and what you buy as a consumer can have some of the greatest impacts in terms of forest conservation….money talks.
Think, live, buy, green