Why Green Suburban Living?
Why Green Suburban Living? It’s estimated that 52% of the population of the US lives in what they would identify as “suburbs”. Generally, suburbanites are a group of people who are in stable financial situations, have the ability to make buying choices based on their values, have comparatively low worries about crime, safety or community health issues, and live in communities that are most easily connected to schools, businesses and shopping by roads.
Within these societal constraints, we suburbanites also have a little bit of “keeping up with the Joneses” tendencies. We want our friends and neighbors to value the same things we do. We desire to be role models for others, whether in our community or in our social media personas.
Environmentally, we know what the right things to do are. Waste less water. Turn off the lights. Recycle more. We might celebrate Earth Day with a clean-up. But what if you could do more? What if everyone could do more?
It is within these actions that our power lies. If 52% of America shares these general environmental values, that’s 150 million-ish people who could do more. If we want to see great change, we all need to make simple choices that can, collectively, have a positive impact on the planet.
Want organic for your kids? The more that we buy, the more demand is created for them. Looking to reduce your plastic load? Retailers will notice when 150 million of us start switching away from plastic packaging.
It is my hope that this blog will be a starting point for you to explore ideas on how to make simple changes in your life that can have a positive environmental impact. The more thoughtful we are about our actions, the more we can change our habits. And the more people who change their habits, the better off our species – and other species – will be in the long run. No one person can do this alone – but with all of us shifting, the tides can turn.
So come along with me on this journey! I hope you’ll enjoy thinking about what you can do to be a part of this movement.
I am an environmental educator currently working three different jobs: teaching 4K-8th grade students about the natural world in Wisconsin, working with educators across the state to develop energy literacy curriculum connections, and being our family Uber driver. I’m involved with the Sussex Green Team, which works to make sustainable practices visible in our community, and I enjoy hiking, reading, baking, backpacking and planning family trips to national parks and around the world!
I love discussing nature-related things with people from all walks of life – please let me know if you’d like to connect!