Greening our values

The New York Times [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/18/science/earth/18family.html?scp=1&sq=environmental%20marriage&st=cse] and theNPR public radio show “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” reported and jested about the increase in green conflicts in relationships requiring therapists for resolution. One of the show’s guests quipped an imaginary husband saying, “Oh no, you’re not going to leave a carbon footprint in this bedroom tonight.” I found this delightful and sobering.  In my capstone “Think Tank,” we discussed how to solve problems and used relational spats as an example. Being a sustainability coordinator for such a large district, my challenge is NOT coming across as judgmental in programs I design.  The values part of greening a campus is very intriguing to me.  I had green issues with my past partner as well, and they became symptomatic of deeper respect issues.  My goal is to inspire fun challenges while learning conservation behaviors.  I have to not take personally those who don’t agree with changes. The key is keeping a sense of humor, because what is really green is unfolding and very complex.  Few answers are “cloth bags” to dilemmas of paper or plastic.  I admire the Mr. Greens (Sierra Club) of the world who can research and look at the lifecycles of questions and come up with an answer.  If you really want a funny look at incorporating green into your life, read Vanessa Farquharson’ [i] Sleeping Naked is Green [/i].  She shows how uneasy it is to change some cozy behaviors from our childhood.  One step at a time.
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