State of Mankind

A New Way Of Thinking

True Green

This may be a confession. I’m a true green. I love the earth. I love nature. After exposing the hidden agendas and fads in the “green” movement, I believe it is important to offer real ideas and solutions that will help those who want to take real steps that will help the environment and won’t support alternate agendas. These steps include frugality, value purchasing, and maintenance. I believe that by following these steps, we can help reign in overconsumption and be good stewards of the beautiful earth god has given us.

Frugality, in the United States, are you kidding? We are the world’s consumers. We buy everything from everyone and drive the world’s industry. And we can’t afford it. We are setting ourselves and the world up for economic crashes of huge magnitude as we support industries that produce useless items with our worthless money. Useless consumption on useless items costs energy, labor, and resources that could (and naturally would) go to better use. For this reason, frugality is the best “green” practice I can recommend. The first question the frugal person asks is, “Do I really need that?” To save, it is best to save. To often in our country we are told we need to buy this or that to save energy or save whatever. Too often the savings the salesman promised aren’t a true estimate. Save to save.

When we do need to buy, I believe value purchasing is the best method. Getting the product that will cost the least over the longest amount of time is the best for our pocketbook and for minimizing industrial waste and energy use. In a very direct way, the price of an item represents its impact in mining, industry, energy, and labor (subsidies throw this off quite a bit, so be careful). Therefore, buying the least expensive item that is built to last the longest is the best way.

Finally, maintaining what we have also lowers our need for industry to re-make what we already have. These simple steps are items that will cause true results for those trying to be wise stewards of the planet. They are also financially beneficial.

This brings up one more point. There is a natural reward system for this sort of “green” living–the free market. For all the eco-fads that have been propagandized, there is one real success that we can claim. In the words of Todd Myers:

“Green is also good economics. Companies that find ways to use fewer resources and less energy, and cut down their impact on the environment, also find they are spending less on materials and putting more profit in their pocket. They might also find they can lower their prices and stay competitive, earning a larger market share. Since 1980, American companies have found a way to produce goods using about half the energy they used thirty years ago. To an accountant, cutting production costs is just smart business. To those in the marketing departments of today’s businesses, that is a selling point–less energy means a lower impact on the environment.” (Eco-Fads, page 82)

So the best policy we could have to support “true green” living is the free market which rewards frugality, value purchasing, and maintenance, as well as encourages business to lower its impact. Why doesn’t this policy ever get offered?

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