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I’m so tired of hearing businesses and people say, “We’ve gone green!” Can someone please define this for me? Because as far as I can tell, anybody can say they’ve gone green, slap a few spiral light bulbs in the office lamps, and presto-chango, they are environmentally friendly.
Americans seem to be a little hypocritical to me as this energy crisis looms. In fact, I think we’re just a nation of hypocritical complainers. As this “green” fad grows, I find it ironic that the people around me, while working at these “green” businesses haven’t done much to “green” their own lives. I’m just as guilty– I’m part of an organization that values this “green” initiative and and I drive my SUV to work and then complain about high gas prices.
So, then I decided that I would not go “green.” In fact, I was totally against “green.” I’d gone “black.” This is the color of oil and I love oil. I was going to drive around town with the a/c on full blast, buy my Diet Dr. Pepper from Sonic– guiltlessly enjoying my Styrofoam cup, and run the water the entire time I brushed my teeth.

I even went as far as debating these “greenies.” In my “going black” mindset, I told one of my good friends that I was tired of hearing people complain and that I was just going to drive my SUV and pay the dad-gum $4-a-gallon. Then I got my hand slapped: she insisted that some people couldn’t afford these higher gas prices and that it was hard for the average working man to make ends-meet. Families were having a hard time putting food on the table and this was a serious crisis. Well, I felt bad. I must admit that I live a charmed life with many luxuries and I will be the first to say that I am very fortunate. I quieted down about “going black.”
But after a few days and a good dose of CNN’s complaining, I started thinking… I wonder what percentage of these people crying about gas prices have cable television? Smoke two packs a day? Eat out for lunch? The problem is, and I’m included, a lot of people expect to continue their live styles without making any sacrifices when the gas prices go up. Instead of “going green” I think we need to “get real.” Even if we can afford the gas, maybe we should lower our consumption so that the prices will go down? Or at least just stop complaining! I’m no genius and don’t pretend have the answers but I do think that each of us could do something. So I had to ask myself a tough question: What have I been doing in response to this crisis? Nothing.

So I weighed my options:

1. Run for Congress- not independently wealthy, so that’s out of the question.

2. Buy a Vespa Scooter. Oooh, what a fun and fashionable option! But the hills in Little Rock and my driving record make this little more than a dream.

3. Carpool- well, I would burn just as much gas picking people up and I don’t really want my car to bake in the local park-and-ride.

4. Have my husband take me to work. A chauffeur! Right, I’m sure he would love that.

5. Take the bus. Still the park-and-ride issue, but so far, the best option.
So today, I took the bus to work. Just to see. And I will have to say it was a lot of fun. The sacrifice I’m making is 30 minutes of sleep because it takes that much longer to get to work on the bus than it does for me to drive. However, I love books on tape and I’m sure I could answer a few e-mails on my blackberry during the trip. Maybe it’s a lame effort and okay, so I’m only saving $50 a month by taking the bus, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?
Well, before I get revolutionary, I’ll have to remember it’s only been one bus ride– and I haven’t even taken the return ride home. But we’ll see. Until then, I’m giving “going green” a Tiger Lily until it means something more than a recycle bin and a lot of complaining.

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