These days it seems like you can view any subject through green-tinted glasses. But like so many other cultural phenomena that lose their sparkle from overuse, “thinking green” comes dangerously close to being a fad that we will all laugh about in twenty years along with Crocs, awareness bracelets and The Macarena. The danger of course is that trivializing something as important as thinking green — a genuine desire to collectively adopt radical changes in our outlook and lifestyle in order to promote sustainable living — cannot be abandoned for a return to our short-sighted views of the past. The current popularity of this concept is also evident in the frequent instances of “greenwashing”, whereby industries, companies or people deceptively present themselves as environmentally-friendly in one respect, while masking other, less favorable positions or actions. Between the hype and the deception it may seem easier to just do nothing, not stand up for anything.
The answer instead may be to focus more closely on the small changes that you can make in your daily life. An excellent way to set this course of action is to read up on green initiatives related to a topic that already interests you. The Library is currently featuring a fascinating collection of books on how green thinking is being applied across many disciplines. Check out interesting reads on medicine, beauty, careers, spirituality, energy, architecture, and more.
Exploring the green perspective on a subject you already know and care about is a great way to expand your knowledge base.
Earth Day, April 22nd, is a great time to step up your commitment to sustainability. PSC will be hosting a number of events on campus during an Earth Week Celebration (April 22-27) where you can kickstart your green thinking. Just don’t overdo it.