Have you ever done a google search on ‘green culture’? You may be surprised if you do. The first thing that comes up is a company called Green Culture Inc. Clever name? The company specializes in providing a variety of products that are ‘green’?
What does ‘green culture’ mean? First, take the two words apart. ‘Green’ can mean anything from a color, to not having experience at something, being ill, being ‘green’ with envy or having a lot of ‘green backs’ , or referring to chlorophyll in plants or having a green thumb according to Wikipedia. The Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines ‘culture’ as: the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief and behavior that depends upon man’s capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.
All of that is fairly obtuse and doesn’t really get any closer to understanding what green culture means for daily living. Applying the kiss(keep it simple stupid) principle green culture may be defined as a lifestyle of making deliberate choices and decisions regarding the resources used for daily living for the purpose of minimizing resources used or to use resources that are renewable.
A simple example illustrates the definition. Many digital cameras use AA size batteries. One choice would be to use standard alkaline batteries and replace them when spent. Another choice would be to use rechargeable batteries and use them up to 10 times before replacing.
Green culture is about the choices each of us make every day as we go about living our lives.