With America’s eco awareness growing by the day, individuals are looking to go green. Some have a vague sense of what to do for the environment while others may be well informed and fully living the green life. But what about those individuals recently enthused with eco awareness yet cynical about the benefits of living a sustainable lifestyle?
One of the hurdles to living green is overcoming preconceived ideas or limiting perceptions. For instance, one idea is that a green product is inferior until proven otherwise. Or, that living life with eco awareness defaults that person to a stereotype. Also, that changing habits, purchasing choices, and green living is hard, expensive, or requires too much commitment. Lastly, the sustainable efforts of one person couldn’t possibly have a positive impact on the environment.
Granted, beliefs and attitudes don’t change overnight but one approach is to become aware of the limiting internal dialogue you are having on the subject. You do have the power and the control to change your thoughts and your approach to environmental and sustainability concepts by looking at them differently.
It helps to define the value of green living on a personal level. What about it is attractive? What does your curiosity spark? Naturally, action follows thought. By making simple changes in perception to include eco awareness, small eco steps become larger eco steps. Sustainable change can be easily integrated into daily living when it is realistic, achievable and beneficial.
Increasing eco awareness drives commitment to discovering ways to be more environmentally responsible in our lives. Some are curious about a sustainability concept as recycling or energy efficiency. While others are looking for a more comprehensive solution such as a personal sustainability plan. We’re all in this together and together, we can all make the shift to green.