I recently moved back to an area known for its liberals, expensive houses, and number of Whole Foods Markets per capita. As a verifiable collector of grocery bags and sucker for good packaging for many years, I have to say that I find this whole 'green' movement daunting. Not just daunting, but annoying. It's not that I don't know how to make a small difference in the things I do, like turning off the faucet when I brush my teeth and recycling, it's just that I have spent most of my life not doing things that brought any sort of inconvenience upon myself or those around me.
Now, as a woman in her thirties, I must make a change. And for me, that change involves stopping before I leave the house every morning and asking myself one question: 'Do I need to stop by the grocery store on the way home?' If the answer is yes, I take the folding blue canvas bag I have hanging on the door in my kitchen. I even go so far as to say 'donate' when the friendly Whole Foods checker asks if I want to give or take five cents as she puts my groceries inside the bag. It makes me feel like I have a purpose, and I'm going to get to that purpose five cents at a time.
I realize this is not the type of change that is going to get me noticed by the likes of Al Gore, but for me it's a big step. I even found myself eyeing a Prius earlier today and thinking, 'Hmm... maybe.' That's what I call progress.