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Lets go green!

While reading Madeleine's article on 'Environment and sustainability' issue of Congo, I thought it would be nice if I add some of those lines in a global context in my journal. Two years back I had written an article with the same title 'Lets go green'. It was more chemistry oriented. But I thought I can attach it here, if it is interesting for anyone, they can go through it.
Yes I want to add a line: while thinking globally, we need to act locally.

At first, as a responsible citizen, we need to protect our environment, our air and our water. Education plays a great role and yes, women play a great role too. Since mostly women take care of the house hold affairs, we need to reduce the waste, to find innovative ways of recycling stuffs, we need to teach our children and our neighbors as small steps to protect our environment. e.g a small step, which I try to inculcate is by using a cotton bag while I go for shopping to minimize consumption of plastic bags, carrying our own plates for our get together with friends to minimize use of disposable plates etc.

It is great to enforce greener approach by the Govt. and changes in policies. But locally, educated people should get together, organize and plan events to create awareness and educate community members for a safe, green and healthy environment. I also think there is no harm in incorporating these approach in the syllabus of school in the form of short stories, so that children learn from a young age. It will also encourage children or community people if the teacher or community head announces some small prize for a certain environmentally friendly activity.
Yes, we need to protect our environment and contribute towards making it safe for us.



Sharontina's picture


Let's go green.


Merlin Sharontina

sallysmithr's picture

Love it!

I completely agree with everything you said and it does start locally. If we could all work on making more "green" decisions locally then it could benefit us globally. I am always trying to think of ways to recycle or make smarter choices. I even try to do it when nobody else will because I know I am only one person but I'd rather get some items recycled than none at all. I've also been so distraught to see so much garbage laying around I have thought to get some garbage bags and go for walks and just pick up waste to help beautify the areas around me. I really appreciate your sharing and I will join you in going green!!

Bravo! That is excellent how you are modeling the type of change each of us can do on a daily process - use a cloth bag instead of plastic bags. In Seattle, Washington grocery stores will give customers a slight discount if customers bring their own bag, also charge customers for paper/plastic bags. This green movement and policy adopted by all markets has helped people change their habits.

A dear friend and performing artist, Nobuko Miyamoto has produced a variety of eco-friendly music video's to outreach to the larger public, young and old. Check out her music video,"Mottainai - don't waste what Nature gives you" on "You Tube" - Also view "Cycles of Change" new eco video by Nobuko. She involves youth in this video as a form of education and start of green movement.

Keep up your dedication, vision and green movement locally and globally. You are making an important difference to protect our most precious resource and MOTHER EARTH!

THANK YOU! Linda Ando

"Mottainai - don't waste what Nature gives you..." - YouTube
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Jul 7, 2011 - Uploaded by greatleap78
The newest environmental music video from Great Leap, featuring music by Nobuko, directed & edited by Dan ...
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Linda M. Ando

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