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Why am I Green

Updated on August 13, 2011

WE can make a difference.

Some people think that people who care about the environment are fanatics who care more about trees than people.  Personally I have not always done everything I could to help the environment.  My thought was "What good will it do if I recycle this bottle?" " What I do won't make a difference."  The unfortunate part of this is that it is true- what I do won't make enough difference to make the slightest ripple in the survival of this planet.  It is allot like voting- my vote won't affect the outcome of any election- so why vote?  The point is that the only thing that will make a difference is the actions of groups of people.  We can make a difference! One doesn't have to be a fanatic to recycle, use energy efficient lighting, drive a more economical car, or do most of the things that would aid in helping the planet. 

The Pemigewasset Before and After

You have to look closely to see the foam.
You have to look closely to see the foam.
Today you can see the bottom.
Today you can see the bottom.

Things Can Change

I was raised in a very rural part of New Hampshire. My grandmother would occasionally send me to the local store that was owned by the father of one of my good friends and also the place where my grandfather worked. On the way I had to go through a covered bridge (the one pictured here) that went over the Pemigewasset River. As I would walk by I could see a frothy brown foam that would often cover the section of the river just down stream form the bridge. This toxic dump was the topic of much local humor. It seemed impossible to me at the time that any thing could be done to salvage that "sewer". Today as shown in the other pictures that river is a swimming and boating tourist attraction. Now this transition took many years-that bridge burned down in 1971- but it did happen. Yesterday searching on the internet I could find no pictures of the Polluted Pemigewasset, only pictures of the tourist attraction. If you look closely at the bridge picture you can see some foam and what looks like "white water" beyond the bridge is actually foam as well.

Now in order to do this my dad and many others lost their jobs in the paper mill that was 5 or 6 miles up stream,which had to close because the owner, Mr. Marcalus, felt he could not afford to meet the EPA standards. This was not a popular with the locals, many had to move away to find work, but today the results are impressive. Now the mill was not the only source of pollution and it took allot more work to make that sewer into the tourist attraction it is today but this transformation shows that something can be done.


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    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Very true, we have to work together thats for sure.

      Recently we did a lot of recycling recently then found they were not doing anything with it and it was dumped. So not sure what we will do now. We still recycle with our 2 home bins though

    • GeneralHowitzer profile image

      Gener Geminiano 

      10 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      A cool hub about environment, very thoughtful... Great Hub here thanks for sharing...

    • GreenMathDr profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Note that Darin is Spam. His link leads to an add for a "green" web hosting company. I have no need of this but I'm sure he is not supposed to do this.

    • GreenMathDr profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thanks for the comment. It is true that one person usually can't make a significant difference it does take some agreement.

    • mega1 profile image


      10 years ago

      Yes we can! haha, sounding like Hillary now, but I agree - it takes all of us to make these changes and then help maintain the results - love to see positive writing like this.


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