I grew up in the 1970s in England, in a family that felt like they invented green. My parents built their own home, dug their own well, and harvested their own produce. They both rode to work on bicycles, 45 minutes each way. My friends thought they were a bit crazy, however most of their parents were also hippies a few years ago, so everything was cool, dude!
During that time period, Prince Charles was one of the world’s first green advocates with real power, although he too was somewhat before his time, with newspapers mocking his ‘green’ focus. In a 1988 speech at a European Environment Conference, the Prince said, “There is a growing realization that we are not separate from Nature, a subconscious feeling that we need to restore a feeling of harmony with Nature and a proper sense of respect and awe for the great mystery of the natural order of the Universe…We are beginning to realize that whatever we do to Nature-whether it is on the grandest scale or just in our own gardens-is ultimately something that we are doing to our own deepest selves.” In the early 1970s the United Nations adopted the environment as its “mantra”. Known as the “green prince” or “Eco-King,” from his first speech on the environment given at the Countryside Conference in 1970, to his global push for sustainable development.
Today, green is again getting center stage and this time we have the internet to bring together and disperse the data.
This is a great list of straight forward suggestions from the Green Building Council on sustainable living – a 101 of getting started. What do you think about the green debate? Should we be focusing on the smaller everyday things or the big picture? Maybe we should find a way to look at both? What’s YOUR view on the best way forward -please add your comments at the end of this article
Reducing, Reusing and Recycling
* Recycling is important, but first and foremost: Use less. Watch the Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard to find out why.