I hate to disagree with a muppet, but Kermit the Frog got it wrong when he sang “It’s not that easy bein’ green.” It is easy. I’m writing an article that’s due in a couple weeks on greener lifestyles. I’m excited about this because I’m committed to protecting the earth and reinforcing my husband’s job with Pacific Gas & Electric (the world’s largest investor in energy efficiency). Besides, it preoccupies me while I wait for our granddaughter and my book.
I became greener when Steve’s car died. In a moment of temporary insanity, I suggested that he take my car rather than replace his, and I walk to work. There are two very hilly miles between my home and my office, and as soon as I offered, I had my doubts that I could keep it up. I’m glad to report that I’ve been walking consistently for 18 months now, and it’s great! I’ve reduced my cholesterol and blood pressure, expenses, and negative environmental impact.
Immediately, I noticed that I had lots more energy. Experts recommend that we all take 10,000 steps every day. To make the math easier, let’s round a mile down to 5,000 feet. I have an average two-foot stride, so that’s roughly 2,500 steps for one mile. My four-mile “commute” equals the daily requirement.
Leaving home 40 minutes earlier each morning was daunting, but my walk affords me time to pray, be in nature, and get to know my community. I see the same people every day and even talk to them. Neighborliness is not a normal thing for Marin County, the place that coined the term “cocooning” (isolating oneself inside a fortress-home). I love it!
Since our second car is my shoes, I splurged on really good walking shoes, a healthy back bag, an all-weather coat and rain hat (in a light color so cars can see me). I don’t pay for gas, insurance, registration, or repairs. C’mon, it’s easy to be greener!