Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Welcome to the Urban Greenie blog!

Hello and welcome to blog number one!

This blog is all about an average city dweller going green.

The motivation behind this mission of mine (and the blog) started when I was watching a documentary about environmental damage to the ocean last week. There was one line in there that particularly struck me as true. Someone said that future generations will look back on us as barbarians for the way we have destroyed the environment, the same way we look back at the generations that allowed slave trade.

I've always thought of myself as being values driven, so to think that my actions might be comparable to slave trade really made me think. As much as I like to think I'm somewhat 'green', the reality is I only am when it's convenient to me. Or when that organic cotton dress is really cute!

So my mission is to turn that around and reduce my carbon footprint, one week at a time. My starting point is pretty miserable - I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that if everyone in the world lived like me we would need 3.42 planets to sustain our lifestyle (check out myfootprint.org).

My mission for week 1 is this: Go 24 hours technology free.

I've been reading up and in green circles they call this the Unplug Challenge - so I thought it'd be a great way to kick start my new green life. Now it sounds easy - but between my cellphone, computer, ipod, and TV it will certainly be a challenge. Luckily there are plenty of tips online so if you want to try to unplug too check out  ways to survive 24 hours tech free.

I'll report back my success next week - wish me luck!