Along the way, while traveling in Asia, I’ve been reading David Johnston’s “Green Remodeling”. I’ll probably be sharing a number of insights from the book in the coming months, but to give you a sense of where he’s headed, I’ll share with you the following quote:
“With all of the ecosystems on the planet in rapid decline, the extinction of 27,000 species per year, and the onset of global climate change, we can no longer wait for “them” to fix it all. There is no “them” out there. We are the ones we have been waiting for to make our world a better place for our children and grandchildren. Each decision we make today regarding energy use, building materials, and water consumption will have a long-lasting impact on future generations. We have a responsibility today to make the wisest decisions possible to address the myriad environmental issues we face.”
I love this philosophy and approach to environmentalism. Rather than petitioning the government “them”, we can simply begin to do our part. And if we all begin to do our part the retailers and producers will begin to provide us with the materials and products we demand of them.