Sami Grover at TreeHugger has a new blog up about the common sense and practicality behind environmentalism. While the “green” movement is often packaged with messages about morality, sentimentality and spirituality (sometimes derisively), there’s nothing particularly esoteric or religious about identifying the most efficient ways to use and preserve limited resources.
In his link-filled post, Grover says
From understanding the basic forces behind climate change (or even just how weather actually works) to grasping what the laws of thermodynamics mean for the efficiency of a meat- versus plant-based diet, most of what we need to know about building a greener, more resilient culture can be expressed in terms of physics.
Sure, there’s a role for spiritual experience and emotional intelligence too. But even though anti-greens love to call environmentalism a religion, it is more a study in practical, real-world common sense than anything else.
This ties in well with our November story on Goodwill Omaha’s green efforts. Goodwill’s practice of reselling used clothing and other items is already environmentally friendly in how it keeps items out of landfills and in circulation. But the agency goes beyond that, incorporating green practices throughout its operations.
And something that is often overlooked in environmental friendliness is the fact that going green can save money.
The aforementioned energy efficiency will save Goodwill on utility bills. The polished concrete floors in the stores require significantly less maintenance – costing 25 to 50 cents a year per square foot versus $8 for tile. And polished concrete requires only water for cleaning – no toxic chemicals.
“I’m not an environmentally conscious guy – I’m not,” Parks said. “But seeing how it benefits the bottom line and benefits the community as a whole – I’m in! It’s the best thing for Goodwill, economically and environmentally.”