When I found out I was moving to Charlotte one of the first questions I asked myself was if I would be able to maintain the eco-friendly lifestyle I developed while living in New York. Does Charlotte recycle? Will I be able to sustain my vegan diet without vegetarian restaurants in my neighborhood? I knew some adjustments would be necessary in order to tailor my green lifestyle to fit Charlotte, but would it be hard, and if so, how hard? Thankfully I’ve found the transition to be smoother than anticipated, and have been pleasantly surprised by the resources Charlotte provides the environmentally conscious. Say hello to the newest resource, Charlotte’s Going Green Examiner!
Becoming more environmentally aware is like any character development, it builds over time. It starts with rethinking and tweaking small daily actions, changing one thing at a time while finding what fits in with your life and ultimately what matters and feels good to you. Many people think that living in an environmentally friendly way means renouncing all comforts that we as a society have worked to obtain. They believe that being green means reducing your existence to one of eating raw tofu and wearing a burlap sack. How miserable (and itchy) that would be! Luckily that is not the case. Wanting to have a smaller negative impact on the planet is an admirable and very possible goal to accomplish. Fortunately you don’t have to live a completely unrecognizable lifestyle to become more eco-friendly, but like any important and worth-while change it involves time, thought, and effort.
There’s no one way to find your inner-greenie, but check back each week to read articles that cover different ways you can make your daily routine more environmentally sustainable. You’ll learn why making changes is important and find out helpful tips to keep up with your green endeavors. I’ll be here to guide you with habit forming how-tos, encourage you with riveting environmentally charged information, and most importantly, I’ll be here to make the whole experience fun and exciting! Let’s embark on a stimulating journey of epically green proportions!