My Green DefenseNovember 17, 2010 at 4:33 AM | Posted in Being Green, Family Life | 10 Comments
I stand accused of not being “green” or put another way, jumping on the green bandwagon without credentials.
I brought this on myself by innocently commenting that, as I had just read, giant plasma TVs use up a tremendous amount of electricity, even when not on. This struck my wife funny and I asked her why. She said that I, of all people, are worrying about electricity when I leave every light in the house on!
I allowed that I, by mistake, occasionally leave a light on. She laughed again. Do I ever, she accused, take a bag to the supermarket so as to save trees? No, but I asked, didn’t we need those bags to put our recycling in?
Without ever thinking it through, I would have put myself in the green camp. But now, my credentials questioned, I rise to my defense.
- Green is my favorite color.
- “How Green Was My Valley” is my second favorite movie of all time.
- I have a green sweater that my wife gave me as her first gift, 40 years ago. I still wear it.
- I have a pair of jeans from college that I still wear on occasion.
- I hold onto cars longer than 6 years – and seek to go far beyond that with my current one.
- I listen to old records.
- The composer Giuseppe Verdi (Joe Green) is a favorite of mine.
- I always admired Mr. Green Jeans.
- I take out the re-cycling (without forgetting or moaning).
- I love the song “It’s not Easy Being Green.”
Really, what more can a man do without putting solar panels on his roof? How green am I!