Living "Green". It's About the Positive Momentum
One mellow afternoon last summer, as we watched the sun filter thorugh an old, old tree, a novelist and client-friend of ours talked about living "green" as we headed back from our review of some amazing conservation land.
A " rare bird", this author, a family man, an outdoorsman with the means to invest in what matters most to his heart, namely conservation real estate in the Greater Asheville area, is also a new urbanist.
With both these perspectives in mind, that day, I asked him what living "green" was all about. Without hesitation, his fingers keeping track, he counted out:
1) BE humane- from the inside-out. Call your neighbors and talk before you make judgments.
2) Only then, take considered action.
3) Discipline yourself with diet, exercise, and humor.
4) Enhance compassion for all living things.
5) Reduce your impact on what's around you.
6) Engage in a sustainable lifestyle.
7) Make eco-wise choices.
8) Honor nature's cycles.
9) Think about quality of life. Do NOT compromise it for your grandkids.
10) Adopt a philosophy of deep stewardship.
Low-impact Living. Long-term Sustainability. The Sounds, the Subtleties, and Stewardship.
Our friend's recommendations could be the anthem for low-impact living and long-term sustainability- even a celebration, if you will, of reducing energy, using renewable resources, working and playing near your home, inhabiting high-performance, healthy-built structures, selecting locally-grown foods, and respecting one another and our common birthright , clean water and air.
I am thinking today that when this happens, low-impact living, "green" living becomes a celebration of human ingenuity.
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