My blogger friend Karen sent me this mail:
At lunch today with a friend – a great friend, you and several of the other blogs I have been reading ( hello by the way !) came up. I was trying to say how they made me feel. She in her wonderful probing way asked this great question — how do we know like REALLY know that the things we are all beginning to worry about really makes any difference at all?? The example she used was the dishwasher – she knows it uses hot water, and energy to run – she and her husband as a retired couple might run it FULL every 3 days and she feels good about that part. Yet she thought to herself should I skip the dishwasher all together? Would washing by hand make a difference? How much of a difference ? Does she have to do dishes by hand the rest of her life to make a difference or would a year of hand washing help? So then she asked where do you go to find out WHICH things make the MOST impact ? and WHY? And in how long ?? I had no idea how to answer that? She marvels at all the green posturing – very similar to me – green catering – using organics is not green – it’s alternative – ugh – in premise it’s pesticide free but that’s not green that’s organic —or is it ?? We were laughing so hard. Anyway I thought with all your resources that maybe you might know.
While I feel flattered by Karen’s confidence in my green knowledge, the truth is, I don’t have an answer for her. Green Guru would probably know, but he is still sleeping.