What the world needs now is love.

February 20, 2009

Not hope, at least according to researchers at Michigan Technological University. From TreeHugger:

Hope may actually be counter-productive, Vucetich and Nelson suggest. “I have little reason to live sustainably if the only reason to do so is to hope for a sustainable future, because every other message I receive suggests that disaster is guaranteed,” they explain.

Looks like the reason people should live Small is simply to do the right thing (Spike? You listening?). Not to ensure the future for their kiddies, not to save the world. Just to do good by their brothers and sisters — the farmers market vendor who grows their greens, the small business owner who’s just trying to make a living, the neighbor who’s not too keen on roosting wing-to-wing with a property-line hugging housemonster. We are the world, people.

So, what’s your reason for greening your lifestyle? Hope for a brighter future? Or a livable present?

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2 Responses to “What the world needs now is love.”

  1. Jessica said

    I want to green my lifestyle for my two daughters. That is why we live in a very small house with no intention of “trading big”. I love that my daughters have to share a room and will do so until college. I love that I have a little cottage on a half acre which we plan to grow fruits and vegetables, as well as raise bees in the coming years.

  2. Oh, half an acre! That would be heavenly. Good luck with the apiary, too!

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