It is impossible to go through a day out and about in public and not visibly be aware that we are trying to make some serious effort towards recycling. All the signs: bright blue plastic receptacles, white paper recycle bins, black newspaper only boxes are all pretty harmless, friendly reminders that easily support those who are already carbon footprint friendly. But what if you aren’t? What happens to you? Nothing. Well, mostly nothing. In Washington D.C., a business can be fined if they are found not recycling but I can’t say how aggressive the policing is of the daily garbage disposal. The everyday person is left up to letting their conscience guide them. We all know people who just don’t have that inner compass. Heck, half the time they don’t even have it available to save them from near-death events let alone an activity that doesn’t even immediately affect them.
I personally believe that there should be stronger laws enforced similar to how smoking and seat-belt wearing finally had to be handled. People aren’t going to do it on their own, so for the sake of the health of others and our future others, I believe laws should be passed. But this is not my focus for this post today. (Could you tell I was starting to climb my soapbox?)
Did you know that by making some “green” choices you can invoke some happiness for yourself?
- Studies have shown that it makes people feel good when they do something for someone else. That is one of the reasons that if you are at a job interview and the interviewer asks you if you would like some water or something to drink, you should say yes. By making them feel good, you are instantly adding points to your interview. (As a side note, I know what the study says but if my interviewee says yes, I am going to be slightly miffed because I’ll have to do some work to get water. But then again, I don’t ask for that very reason.) So back to being green, by making green choices you can feel good that you are helping people in the world including yourself from polluted earth, air and water.
- If you are one of those people who like to be considered a “good” person there are many websites that provide carbon footprint calculators you may use for free .
- If you are the competitive sort or are motivated by achievement you can always ask your friends to calculate their footprint so that, of course, you can score better that them.
Wouldn’t it be great if like new year’s resolutions planned every January, people renewed their carbon footprint or green responsibilities efforts right along with deciding which pub they plan to drink green beer each March?
It’s not too late to start your plan!!