Greenhouse Gas vs. Green Backs
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Thankfully, the Envision taping held no such interrogation. The audience got to ask questions of two of the guests, including the very cool State Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego). &
I went easy on the questions, considering my own relief at being left alone with my thoughts. My two questions basically revolved around the other green-cash money. My biggest question had an unsatisfactory, but predictable, answer: why can't the public transit infrastructure ever be improved?
"There isn't enough money," said Senator Kehoe.
Look, there are only a few changes I see myself making in order to go green. Honestly, there's no foreseeable way I can afford to drive an electric, a hybrid, or anything other than a used car in the next five years. I'm not going to start composting because of the "ick" factor. Make my own dish soap or detergent? The day I see someone's dishes that look less like they've been licked clean than washed, I'll consider mixing up a batch.
But I don't actually feel all that guilty about my carbon footprint, even after attending the show. My husband and I share one car, and we drive within the (dilatory) speed limit. & We consolidate trips and try to accomplish more than one errand at a time. We recycle cardboard, cans, and glass. Buy in bulk at Henry's. Turn off lights. Conserve water and don't buy bottled water. &
Our biggest contribution? We don't own a television set, so we aren't constantly bombarded with commercials telling us to buy, buy, buy.
One thing I wish could be said about the environmental movement is that it is a poor person's cause. Right now, you have to be able to be able to afford the choice to go green.
-Citizen Voices blogger Alma Sove has spent most of her life in San Diego and is currently attending law school.
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