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Kermit The Frog Said It Best...

Updated on October 4, 2009

      Kermit the Frog said it first..and he said it best.  It's not easy being green.  Although his contextual use of the word "green" was quite different from the meaning that we give to "green" today, he was absolutely right.  Kermit was the only green-colored character on Sesame Street, where he lives; so the point behind his statement was that it isn't easy being different.  His message to children was that being different (in whatever way) was sometimes extremely difficult; and that we should not ostracize people because of their differences.

     Today, of course, the term "being green", or "going green", or "living green" means to do everything we can to be earth-friendly.  It means making choices which will make the best use of, and do the most to preserve, earth's natural resources.  We used to call it "getting back to nature".  It means recycling everything that we possibly can in order to cut down on the amount of resources of which we are stripping our earth.  And, by the way, it is a great and wonderful thing to be green, in today's context.  We only get one Earth...and we should take good care of it. 

     My grandmother was the original recycler.  She didn't throw anything away.  She would use a paper towel to dry her hands - and then lay it out on the counter to dry - and use it again.  As a young adult, I would scoff at her..but now I do the very same thing.  I am much more conscious these days of how wasteful I have been.

     We owe it to our children, and their children, and future generations; to save and conserve as much of Earth's resources as possible.  Our county is one of many who are stressing recycling; and making it easier to do so, by placing containers at each dumpsite for recyclables.  It is more of an effort to separate our garbage..that much is true.  It is so much easier to dump it all in the same container and go - as we always have - but it is a good feeling to know that we are doing our part to "save the planet".  And considering how important our planet is - it really isn't such an imposition to ask us to take 1 split second to think which container to throw what trash in.  It's a little thing in life, actually - with the potential to have a huge impact on our world.

     Actually, recycling is only part of the effort.  More and more companies are marketing products which are produced with no toxic ingredients - cutting down on the dumping of harmful chemicals, etc., into our wastewater systems and into the ground.  Most of these products are just as affordable as the brands which we have always purchased.  There again, it only takes a second to be aware, and to purchase the "green" brands.

     Kermit the Frog may have been absolutely right - but it is vitally important for us to do our part;  even if - it's not easy being green.

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