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Being a green minority…

The concept that people who are green or eco-concious are actually a minority came up at the Lake Tahoe Eco Symposium on Friday.  It’s a concept that at the time I heard, kind of had a hmmm…, aha moment, but as I’ve thought about it and resonated on it, I’m wondering if it is true.

I am so used to being surrounded by environmental awareness and constantly running across books, posts and conversations about sustainability and the green revolution, but is this only me?  Am I really a green minority?

This is a real issue, as I discussed with a colleague at the symposium.  An event titled Eco Symposium is really only going to draw people already interested in the environment.  Most of the people in that room had probably heard about the topics discussed at the event; many were probably experts on the subject matter.  So, how do you get people that are ungreen to turn green?

The idea continued onto Saturday at Earth Day.  I saw many of my eco-concious revolutionaries at the event, but many people that were walking through the Village at Squaw had no idea it was Earth Day – they were simply going skiing as they do every Saturday.

Maybe some of them saw a incandescent light bulb or a blue bag, and thought what is that for?  But did they ask, or keep walking on by…

How can we make being green the norm instead of a minority?

Hey! Who Turned Out the Lights?

Did you notice that things seemed a little dimmer than usual last night?  That is because March 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. marked the 4th annual Earth Hour.  About one billion people worldwide participated in the event, including entire cities such as Las Vegas and Reno where the usually brightly lit casino strips went dark.  The lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York City were also turned out for the occassion.

So what does this mean?  The event created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was created to enable individual, schools, business and government to show their support for the Earth and the future of our planet.  Although the event only last for an hour, it symbolizes the dedicated supporters of environmental awareness and conservation.  Families participated with their children by lighting up candles and turning off the TV for the hour.

The event’s website My Earth Hour comes equipped with ways you can participate via social media, an ample supply of You Tube videos and list of facts and tips about living green.

Here is an article with photos about Reno’s participation in the event.

Did you participate in Earth Hour?  What did you do?  Please tell your story and post your pictures or videos.