Recently I read a story that had been pulled from somewhere on the Internet and after reading the story I realized that becoming “Green” as in green technology is not a new concept. Following the story are a few interesting facts related to green technology that I am sure many will find interesting and hopefully evoke the question – when will America wake up and pursue the path of green technology?
In the line at the grocery store, the young cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day….”
That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
But they didn’t have the green thing back her day……
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.
But she’s right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day……
Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. “Wind and solar power” really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day……
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap…..
Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then……
They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But they didn’t have the green thing back then……
Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint……
But that old lady is right. They didn’t have the green thing back in her day…….
Did you ever think about how long the concept of keeping our planet “Green” has been around?
Many of us think that the “Green Thing” came about only a few years ago – you know back when President Jimmy Carter advised Americans to lower their thermostats and put more clothing on. But let’s look back beyond the 1970’s. Did you know that going back to the year 1900, New York had more electric cars on its streets than there were cars powered by gasoline?
Being the owner of a hybrid, believe me I can understand the value of such a machine. Look at some of the advantages of electric cars – they are quiet, clean, and as evidenced by some of the newer models on the road today, easy to use.
Having traveled cross-country several times in my lifetime, another form of green technology that has yet to come into being even though it has been around a while is windmill power. Windmills have been used for irrigation purposes going back as far as the 1800s and had these windmills never been introduced way back then, chances are that we would not be seeing wind power’s resurgence a century later.
Looking back it would appear that Americans have been attempting to go green for several decades. Makes one wonder what type world we might have been living in today had we switched from fossil fuel back then to green technology.
After reading the material that led up to the writing this article, I asked myself the following question: “What impact am I making on the environment today?”
Also, when I read some of the things making headlines today, I have to stop and wonder where our priorities lie. All we need to do is replicate many of the things mentioned earlier in the story and perhaps, just perhaps, we could minimize damage to our planet.
Until next time!