Hello World!

Welcome to Practically Green. I thought Hello World was a better title than "First Post!" A programmer's joke that I thought would be apropos as a first post on this blog I'm starting out about green living. Well blog, or whatever you want to call it. What I’d like this site to become is a forum for discussion about how people can live greener day to day. I’d like to steer away from politics, try to cut through the mountains of information we’re given everyday about green living, and finally get to the heart of what green and sustainable living is.

The fact of the matter is that moving toward sustainability is easier than most people think. There are many changes that each of us can make in our day to day life that will reduce our impact on our environment. It’s not easy to wake up one morning and live a perfectly green sustainable life. As I often say, life gets in the way of life. However if we remain conscious of what we’re doing day to day, we can change our habits over time. Small steps in the right direction are progress now matter how you look at it.

A common fallacy that I often hear when it comes to green living is what I’ve heard referred to the Utopian Fallacy. Basically it is the idea that unless a solution is perfect, then it’s not a solution at all. It’s a very black and white view of the world. Well the world isn’t black and white, and a step in the right direction is better than standing still. People on both sides of the environmental debate fall into this fallacy’s trap. The danger with this trap is that it stagnates progress because no one wants to move in the right direction unless we get to where we’re wanting to go in one move. This is akin to a hitch hiker not taking a ride from someone going their direction just because they’re not going quite far enough.

Note: At this point I’m not sure where this site is going, what I’m going to write about, whether I have anything unique to say, how long it’s going to last, whether I’ll find any body that is interested in it.... But I’m taking one step at a time. Note: This site is a work in progress, especially at the beginning. Expect to see some design changes, and possibly some growing pains at the beginning.

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