Is Modern Society Green or Greenwashed?



For the past 7 years, I have been reading and writing – living and breathing – everything I could about green parenting.  And I’ve loved every minute of it.  Going green is more than just a slogan for me.  It’s the way I do things.  It’s the way I wash my hair, feed my kids, make dinner, and and find fun stuff to do as a family.  I’m not saying I’m eco-perfect…actually, I’m far from it.  But I try, I really do, every day to lighten my family’s impact on the environment.    And lately, I have to admit, I’ve been in a slump.  I think  my eco-batteries need a charge.  


You may have noticed that I didn’t post much last week.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t think of anything to write about.  I’ve got TONS of stuff I want to research and post about.  But I just couldn’t get past the overdose of eco-unfriendlieness that has been hitting me in the face as of late.  You know what I’m talking about…single serving food products labeled as “eco-friendly” because they come in a slightly smaller throw away package.  The neighbor who spends more time dousing their lawn with chemicals than it would to pull the weeds.  The parents who allow their cars to idle in the school pickup line for 30 minutes now that the price of gas has come down (the very same parents who were so eco-conscious a few months ago when the price of gas was higher.)  


Normally, I just take all of these things with a grain of salt and go about making my day as green as possible.  I think I had somehow convinced myself that these things happened…but they were rare.  Lately, I’m not so sure.  


As a greenie, I tend to surround myself with eco-news and info.  The websites on my Google Reader are all green sites, my Twitter followers and Facebook friends, are all (for the most part) fellow-greenies.  And I dare say that 90% of the comments I get on this blog are from folks that are trying to go green.  It’s easy to believe that we are the majority.  That most of the people on this planet are at least making an effort to minimize their impact.  But is that really the case?  Or am I just living in an eco-bubble?  What do you think?


Is modern society going green or is it just greenwashed?


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What Are Your Thoughts?