From marketers to politicians to Joe Blow, “green” is a much-bandied, much-abused term. Let’s face it, our lives are far from green enough. Boston GreenFest, the annual jamboree organized by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. sets out to educate on alternatives for environmentally sustainable living.
“We work with schools and educate on how to bring nature back into people’s lives,” says foundation president Karen Weber. “We go to community centers and gardening clubs. We’re going to the State House to do a green office assessment.”
Cue sounds of much shuffling in the State House in an effort to appear green.
But it’s not enough to appear aware and as much as our elected officials and other movers and shakers need to green their act, the individual holds their own power over environmental devastation. Always vote with your wallet and choose planet-friendly options, and follow Weber’s advice to adopt these three simple habits to make a huge difference:
Can bottled water:
“Lessen the plastic, water and landfill burden. Drink from the tap. Filter it if you want to.”
Add a window box, or grow a wild yard:
“If everyone added a window box, imagine how green and beautiful that would make our city.”
“You save on gasoline, you burn calories at the same time and it makes you feel good. A lot of the things about being green are fun and make you feel better.”