Wednesday, May 09, 2007


i've finally decided to get on the GREEN bandwagon. it took me forever to get on. i'm not even sure what it was that made me finally get into gear with it. for the past couple of years, i recycled, but it was sporadic. i only really did it when i felt like it, or if something was too bulky or awkward to fit into my garbage can. and i haven't gotten all fanatic about it, but i am making a conscious effort now to recycle.

i used to associate being environmentally conscious with white granola people. portland used to be sort of known for granolas, although not so much anymore. i never really hear any black people that i know talking about being eco-friendly. and all the friends and parents that i know who are always talking about being enviro-conscious are white. and when you hear about lectures and projects for the environment, it's usually white people. but they're not all so crunchy anymore.

and i know there are plenty of black people who recycle, but i'm really just talking about the people i see who are on a mission to take care of the environment. now i'm thinking it's just the Pacific NW "air" that has got me so gung-ho. one of my brothers lives in virginia, and i wonder if anyone there even knows what the word recycle means. according to him, NOONE there recycles.

for me though, it just seems like common sense. i have to admit though, saving the rain water in bins in my backyard and later using that to water plants was a money-saving issue first. and then, oh yeah. it helps the environment too. why not?