Green and the Public Perception

As a student of life, and I must admit at this time a B student, I am always impressed with the genius of man. How quick are we to identify what's hot and what's not. Over the years we have mastered the game of survival. Some are gifted with the ability to write, market, sell, and prosper. I remember that saying of someone being a Midas. There are some who are brilliant but never seem to have access the that stage of celebrity where the brilliance can be displayed.

Green, being what it represents today supports my view that the advocates of green, the writers of green books, the architects of green houses, the politicos and lobbyists pushing for green initiatives, are, to me, impervious of the fact that they are not presenting anything new. It is intellectually absurd to present oneself as a green pioneer being born in the seventies or even sixties. Sustainable living in some parts of the world, is the only way to live. It is not a fad, not debatable and definitely not regulatory. In my part of the world, although not classified as green living, it was, and I emphasize was, because globalism has clawed into the most remote part of our universe, it was just the only way to live.

Reaping from the earth and replenishing that earth was never a book writing phenomenon. I questioned my ever tumultuous mind as to whether the approach to sustainable living isolates the most important world citizens. Are these books propagating the opinion that green living has become an elitist, political grandstand, that, somehow results in someone becoming wealthy, a company jumping on board to market green products and after the kaching, fading into the sunset. I reflected on my island of Trinidad and Tobago, the USA's supplier of Liquid Natural Gas. What does going green mean to the workers on the loading docks? What is the relevance to these men and women?

Back to the inner city of Brooklyn NYC. How many of the inhabitants will be willing participants to a green, sustainable lifestyle when all they can afford are plastic cups. How many of the lower class citizenry can afford green detergents, green pesticides or organic food? I time travel to West Virginia- the coal mines. What incentives are there for the coal miner? Yes I agree with books ,, but who is going to read them? The cheapest green book I found was $ 15.95- minus tax. Who can afford them? This then brings me to the disparity in dispensing information. There are green curriculums available but how many of the inner city schools can afford them? I ask these questions, not as an agitator, but as a wholehearted supporter of sustainable living who is concerned about the journey to a better life.

I conclude that for society to move forward with sustainability, a lot of work needs to be done to remove the stigma of elitism and wealth from the green movement. The most important players in a push to reclaim our environment should be the less fortunate. Let us create programs that invite them in, encourages their contribution and improves their quality of life.