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But I there is one unmistakable similarity. I’m green. While I’m not physically green, I am trying to make environmentally conscience decisions. Going through this lifestyle change, it’s interesting how often I find myself explaining green-friendly decisions to others. Many friends and family are adjusting their habits to go green, while others challenge some behaviors. Which is why I’d like to give some guidance to others facing this same dilemma – how to explain your enviro-ways…
Learn about the environment. This should be easy with all new articles, movies, and media promoting green lifestyles. (“An Inconvenient Truth” – the Al Gore documentary and book is a good place to start). In order to educate, you have to know some basic facts to share. Stay up to date with the internet and news articles on the latest enviro-news.
Read some of the arguments against the environment movement. Although much of it has probably originated from the Bush Administration, understand what the arguments say so you can predict the attack and have a rebuttal ready (a skill I learned from my Mock Trial days).
Listen. If you hear what the other person is saying, you can understand where they’re coming from. For example, maybe they are worried about the cost of ‘going green’ - in that case you can then suggest some low-cost options that can save money (stay-tuned for upcoming posts on this topic.)
Don’t be the ‘angry’ activist – You’ll come across eco-challengers. Encourage discussion and try to reach someone with your point of view – don’t be defensive or get heated. You can’t convince everyone of your opinion – but if you do your research (see step 1) you’ll have a thought-provoking argument. Opinions change over time, and your thoughts can encourage baby steps in the meantime.
Posted by Julie
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