“My name is Socially Aware City Person. I drive a Toyota Prius to work, drink overpriced coffee from Starbucks whose cups are recycled, and use the…

“My name is Socially Aware City Person. I drive a Toyota Prius to work, drink overpriced coffee from Starbucks whose cups are recycled, and use the latest Mac that saves power! Don’t you see how environmentally friendly I am?? I’m so green! Why, just yesterday I turned off the lights for one minute! ONE MINUTE. I’m so ‘green’ I must look like a freaking leaf.”   Seriously, though, just doing all of the above isn’t going to help save the planet. I’m sick of hearing and seeing people who go, “oh yeah, I’m trying to go green” and then don’t really act on it afterwards. Oh sure, some make themselves seem like they’re really doing something more environmentally friendly, but appearances alone won’t have a significant impact (aside from publicity).   Some do one thing like participate in Earth Hour (when you turn off all your lights and such) and then go back to consuming a lot of energy. I’m glad that there are a lot of people who want to help (or at least seem like it), but instead of doing just one thing why don’t we learn to change some of our consumption habits? It wouldn’t be practical to live on no electricity whatsoever, but we can turn off appliances that we’re not really using at certain times (like a computer or lights in certain rooms of a home). Small changes over a long period of time will work more towards helping the environment than something that’s annual.   – Allyson

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  • I always participate in the “Earth Hour”. This event is a symbol that we should be more aware of our environment and that we should focus on protecting mother earth.