You probably know that April 22 is Earth Day, which is sort of like New Year’s but for environmental resolutions. Instead of promising yourself you’ll go to the gym or stop lying to your friends, you try to make yourself a little more earth friendly.
I’m considered one of the “green” people here at MyFax. I don’t drive a car; I keep my heat at the lowest possible level, (not only does this have an impact on my energy bill but it’s a great way to get rid of unwanted guests), and I try to make environmentally sound choices. What I don’t do is preach. There’s just no point. Preachy people just end up sitting by themselves at lunch. I do my thing, and keep my mouth shut unless people ask. But its Earth day and I have control of the blog so I’m going to step on my soap box for a minute.
I hear things like this a lot: “what’s the point, anything I do is just a drop in the bucket”, or “It’s just too much work to be environmentally responsible”, etc. etc.
I read a great quote a few years ago that I immediately adopted as my own personal motto: “I can’t change the world, but I can change my world”. You should think about this if you’re one of the “what’s the point” people. Don’t get caught up in the big picture, you can’t resolve all of the issues with the environment yourself and if you go into it with that mindset, you’ll drive yourself crazy.
To you “it’s too much work” people: It doesn’t have to be, you can draw your own line and there is nothing wrong with that. Anyone who says you have to be militant or nothing is probably either a fanatic, or a teenager, the rest of the world can see shades of grey. There are a lot of things you can do that you only have to set up once and then you can forget about them and others that will fit easily into your routine. A lot of things that are environmentally friendly also have added benefits like saving you money or making you healthier.
We’ve put together a page, http://www.myfax.com/green where you can download 10 Simple Ways to Green your Office, read a case study on why an alternative energy company switched to MyFax, and learn some really interesting stats that you can use at your next dinner party. Check it out and if you want, comment back with some of your own Earth Day Resolutions. I’d love to hear about them.