Eco Catherine: My Story...
I grew up in a small town where knowledge was nearly everything. Knowledge excited me, especially when it regarded the world today. I quickly realized that my optimistic childhood perception of the world was very different from the reality I found myself in.
How does a young person find their place in a world, develop their own identity, if they find their environment so unfamiliar?
Overpopulation, resource depletion, natural disasters, nuclear issues, intensive farming, animal rights issues, genetically modified food, the meat industry, pollution, toxicants, world war, worldwide hunger, droughts, climate change.
The list goes on…!
Some of us were fighting personal battles inside – being young and wanting to enjoy all of life’s wonders, combined with knowledge of our near potential future extinction.
Many young people struggle with knowing who they are, but in today's world with no guaranteed future, the pressure is exaggerated.
In my experience, many people turned to drugs, often to escape the reality they found themselves in. This was back when the idea of global warming was viewed as a myth construed by tree huggers.
The reality was, the scientific research was true, but for whatever reasons, it was being downplayed or not taken seriously.
For example, when the first studies on global warming were released, there was controversy on the subject and it caused an uproar in many progressive communities.
Today, the giants in environmental science, have so much proof of the global issues we face, that it can't be ignored any longer.
For more information, please follow these links:
- NASA: Global Climate Change Facts
- National Geographic
- The Guardian
- Green Peace
- The National Wildlife Federation
- The Institution of Environmental Sciences
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- Science Daily: Environmental Science News
For a more detailed list of environmental agencies, please click here.
What to Believe...
I was lucky to be surrounded by an abundance of like-minded people. The town where I grew up was known for its education and the citizens’ progressive ways of thinking.
There were many good people. Together we observed life, its philosophy, and questioned everything close to it. We debated and embraced the latest hot topic from new technological gadgets, political strategies, scientific developments, and the headlines that accompanied them.
We were privileged. We had access to the items we needed to live, which in-turn provided us with the opportunity for education. We had the freedom of thought, speech and the freedom to sculpt the lives we wanted, although many couldn't see it that way.
However, there are so many people today living lives equally privileged to me, who are still so unsure about global issues concerning our environment.
How can this be?
How are so many people not aware of the catastrophic issues we are facing? To me, the problems are so apparent.
Many people all over the world do not have access to such resources, education, knowledge, and freedom. Many people do not have a safe space to deliberate the existence of humanity.
Time is of the Essence...
Studies suggest many people don't accept environmental issues because of busy schedules, a focus on the present, are disconnected from the environment, the issues have a currently indirect impact on individuals, they use coping strategies to escape reality, and they don't have access to the right information. Living certainly would be more simple this way.
Noam Chomsky, an American Philosopher, stated that one of the propaganda tactics of mainstream media is to divert our attention away from what is going on. This prevents panic and society is much easier to govern under such circumstances.
Both of these examples could be considered unproductive and wasteful considering the small time frames we have to work in. If we don't act now, we will run out of time.
Knowledge is Power...
People are natural teachers and pupils. We spend our entire lives on a life-long path of educational paths of discovery.
Our brains are incredible. Every day our brains are learning, absorbing information from our surroundings, from the choices we make and they are forever building new pathways.
However, we can not tackle this task alone. It is too big. We all have different, valuable skills and knowledge to bring to the table. We must learn and work together to make the changes we want to see. We must talk, debate, ask questions, share news and stories.
Having access to the right information, in a safe environment conducive to learning enables people to access the information they need to go green.
As a former educator, I have witnessed the effects new information can have on individuals and groups of society. But don't worry, I am not suggesting you must go back to school!
The Goal of This Site...
Here at About Going Green, you will find information on a wide variety of Green Living topics, blogs, helpful resources to download, product reviews, and all of this is regularly updated.
This site is a shared space where all people can learn, live, and shop green. Together we can build a sustainable future where people can live happier and healthier lives. Now and for our future generations to come after us.
Every day, more and more people are deciding that they want to join this movement. People want to learn and the results are starting to have positive impacts.
Together, We Can Make a Difference...
You can help and become a part of this crucial movement too. Instead of going back to school, I ask you to commit to the going green movement.
This commitment can be as big or as small as you want it to be. Some people choose to commit their entire lives, while others make small changes to their day-to-day living. You will not be judged because every commitment helps.
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom wanting to create a healthier living environment for you and your family or an environmental scientist on the edge of the latest study... We need you!
Whether you are following blogs to learn more information, want to share an experience, or would like to publish an article... We need you!
It's Time for Change...
So much of what we view as normal in our day-to-day lives is out-dated considering the global issues we are up against.
For example, many of the cleaning products that line the shelves of most stores are extremely harmful to our health and the health of our environment. Many have toxic effects on our bodies, children, pets, wildlife, and our ecosystems too.
Yet these products are can be sold without appropriate information that would inform consumers of their hazardous effects. The majority of households have a cupboard under their sink which is lined with enough chemicals to kill a small army!
1) Most people are unaware of the dangers because they don't have access to the information they need to protect themselves. This website aims to provide you with such information.
2) Consumers purchase these products because companies have been established for many years. They trust the brand. We will give you information to safer and healthier alternatives.
3) People trust that policies within society are up-to-date. But often this isn't the case. with that in mind, we aim to provide ordinary people like you with the tools you need to mold the world around you.
Old or New Policies...
Many of the policies in place today have not been updated with the knowledge we have today. These harmful products are allowed to be sold until proven dangerous. Shouldn't it be the other way around?
Surely, it should be the safe products that have undergone testing that should be allowed to be sold on our store shelves? Or at the very least, these harmful products should have transparent labels that inform consumers of their dangers?
Having better policies in place would protect our health and the health of our environment. We need new policies and this is true in many areas of society, not just consumerism.
But how do we get our voices heard, so that the necessary changes can be put into action?
Together We are Strong...
We can’t solve global issues single handily. But we can do our part to contribute towards the bigger picture. By making small changes to our every day lives, e.g. opting for re-usable shopping bags, we can have drastic positive impacts on the health of our environment.
These changes may seem insignificant, but they are not. It is OK to think small because these changes are part of a much, much BIGGER picture!
The Power of the Web...
Let's return to Going back to the concept of knowledge being power. Traditionally, huge groups in society didn't have access to knowledge, which in turn gave individuals less power.
Today is different!
Today is the age of the internet, where information and knowledge is accessible to almost everybody worldwide at the touch of a button. People in all levels of society now have access to this tool of infinite possibilities.
This site aims at providing readers with the information they need to make better personal informed decisions. Learning, living and shopping green.
About Going Green also aims to provide you with the tools you need to contribute towards policies for change too. To make change to policies and procedures, the authorities need to have a certain number of people supporting a particular cause.
We are going to make it easy for you. Here you will find pre-written templates and letters, that are easy to print, sign and mail to your local authorities. All here, at the click of a button.
Building a supportive community base that teaches one another about environmental issues and green solutions, we can make the changes we want to see in our lifetimes.
Now, it is time to make your decision!
Will you sit back, do nothing, and watch the world around us disintegrate? OR will you make some small changes and help build a healthier future for all of us?
I invite you to join me on this journey, learn about going green, live a healthier life, and make a difference for the future. Join me going green!