Monday, August 2, 2010

Green Watchers

I had a profound thought yesterday which I feel I need to share with all of my readers. If you’ve ever gone on a diet, you know it’s infinitely easier to do when you have other people on board with you. There’s a social aspect to dieting which makes it easier, hence why Weight Watchers is so popular because of the encouragement you receive.

If you are lucky enough to have a partner in your house to diet with, then the ease rises another notch. Why? Two reasons. 1) Accountability to the other partner. 2) You mutually agree not to bring temptations into your home.

A green lifestyle is a diet of sorts. You abstain from petroleum, paper, or electricity on a regular basis and commit to using more of the good stuff.

As with dieting, if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Keep a track of the number of gallons of gas you use on a monthly basis. Review your electric bill and watch for opportunities to reduce. Count the number of paper towel rolls which make their way into your house. Commit to reducing these numbers and increasing the earth friendly things you are already doing. Find someone else who is committed to the same ideals you hold about the environment and keep each other accountable. Now go hug a tree! -Jason

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