Sunday, March 15, 2009

Going green only a fad?

Only 41% of Americans say protecting the environment is a top priority for the new year, a 15-point decline from the previous January when 56% called it a top priority.

I've been wondering whether or not the green movement would eventually fizzle out and become known as a fad. However, it is important to remember that other issues such as an economic crisis could be responsible for the shift of opinion.

So, is it just a fad?


Adam Lane said...

Well I think many viewpoints that's newly popular become kind of "trendy" or "fadish". Maybe the reason for the decrease in it's popularity among people in general suggests that the trendy people have jumped some other movement that's gaining popularity. Either way, the only way the green movement can make a tangible difference is if people understand specifically what they're trying to accomplish, and decide how to realistically meet those goals. I think only time can tell how many people are sincerely committed to making specified changes.

Eric G. said...

I really want to know how much recycling, "green" technology, etc, is better than say "standard" uses.

But I do think it is a fad. Its pretty annoying hearing green this and green that. Once something gets annoying in such a quick time then its a fad. But the idea at least of the green movement will live on under another name. Much like you don't hear about global warming as much anymore. It's now known as climate change because global warming is a misnomer. Climate change is more appropriate term.

I feel as though climate change and going green should be some topics to look into for spring, at least for me anyways. The climate predictions from various models I feel are just that, predictions, and in using those predictions kinda scare the public. Not going to lie but I like Michael Crichton's opinions on the subject and his book state of fear (minus the ridiculous action parts).

/mini rant