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What Does it Mean to be Green?  Share Your Ideas.

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What Does it Mean to be Green? Share Your Ideas.

Will Allen-DuPraw

Last week, MobilizeGreen asked me to walk around Washington DC and Silver Spring speaking to people about what it means to them to be “green.”  "Green" has become synonymous with the environment, sustainability, and “eco-friendliness".  Since everyone has their own take the word, I asked people the question:  what does it mean to be green?  Here are a few responses:

A canvasser for an anti-bullying campaign says being green means recycling and properly disposing of trash.  A teenager, who preferred not to share his name, said it meant grass.  

Jazzy says, “Being green means making the world a more livable place for her nieces and nephews,” showing a more generalized way of thinking about sustainability.  Rather than focus on a single task like recycling, she tries to embody a certain mindset that influences the rest of the decisions she makes on a daily basis.

 

Ayinde at the Brookland farmer's market. Copyright Will Allen-DuPraw 2014

Ayinde at the Brookland farmer's market. Copyright Will Allen-DuPraw 2014

Jazzy, enjoying a sunny day in Silver Spring, Maryland.  copyright Will Allen-DuPraw 2014

Jazzy, enjoying a sunny day in Silver Spring, Maryland.  copyright Will Allen-DuPraw 2014

Ayinde, who works at a farmers market by the Brookland/CUA metro stop, says being green means “to protect where you came from,” i.e. the earth.  The way he thinks about, we as human beings come from the earth on a molecular level, so it makes sense that if you take care of yourself and your own body, then you should have a responsibility to take care of where you are physically - your environment.  If you do those things you'll be a healthy person and you will create a healthy community.

All of these responses are valid and positive.  Now, we would like to hear from you!  Tell us below what it means to you to be green, and we will share your idea on our website.