When I was about to say goodbye to life in New York in 2006, I suddenly couldn’t find a friend of mine. He was originally an author of The New Yorker. He once worked with me on a project. He hadn’t contacted him for almost a year. I wanted to tell him at least.
Later, someone smiled and said to me: He has lived in green life. His green life was to move to a small island and live with his children (his divorce single). There is no electricity on the island, so he generates electricity himself; there is no fresh vegetables on the island, so he grows his own vegetables. Of course, there is no TV on the island, so he doesn’t watch TV. There is no teacher on the island, so he teaches his children to study. The island is small, so only their father and son. He goes out of the island almost every three months, buys some necessities for life, and picks up some jobs.
Of course, life will not be very comfortable. After all, he moved from a metropolis with everything in New York.
He is a very famous environmental writer in the United States, so he feels that he should live this kind of environmental life.
Of course, even in the United States, he is a very extreme example. For most Americans, such a life is counterintuitive and incompatible with modern life.
Although I admire him very much, I also like his work very much, but I have to admit that I can’t live like him. Like most people, I am a common man.
Then I thought that it would be difficult for us to contribute to the cause of environmental protection. For example, picking up the air conditioner remote control, I feel very guilty when I think of my friend (I believe that other ordinary people don’t have the consciousness of me), but whether in Guangzhou or Shanghai, I can’t stand this greenhouse effect. “Enthusiasm,” I turned on the air conditioner when the temperature was too high; when I went to the restaurant, I felt guilty because of the disposable tableware. But to be honest, in addition to the special tableware used by children for health reasons, the type of tableware I bought has often forgotten to bring out the door.
Then, to be honest, in addition to the growing sense of guilt and the shame of thinking of my friend, I did not do anything for the cause of environmental protection. I am driving, and I want to change a bigger car; I use air conditioners, and I want to match all the rooms that have no air conditioning at home. Although I am embarrassed, I am still planning to do so.
I think most of the world’s ordinary folks are the same as I think, especially our Chinese. I went to school by car when I was in high school, so I know how painful it is to ride a bicycle in winter, so I bought a car when I got the money; when I was in college, I was frozen in the winter, I knew it hurts. So, in the winter, I have to open the air conditioner in my house to make the room warm and warm. I don’t want my child to have frostbite because her family condition is much better than when I was a child. Is environmental protection to make our lives less so good?
However, I feel that there is a problem there. For example, I talked to a friend a few days ago. He said: Nowadays, American children drink mineral water, buy a large bottle of 1 gallon, and then buy a small bottle. A large bottle can fill 10 small bottles, so you save 9 small bottles. I have seen such a child.
I pondered a bit. Really, the low-carbon life of our ordinary people is not impossible, but it requires some conditions.
First, I feel that the country should not let us be so convenient. For example, since the plastic bag is forbidden in the supermarket, I will carry the bag with my bag. That is the money in my own pocket, I am sure it hurts. I think disposable tableware can also be like this. Restaurants offer disposable or multiple tableware for people to choose from. A pair of chopsticks for a dollar, you see what everyone chooses to use. The take-away lunch box can collect money. Many folk lifestyles are closely related to the regulations. As long as the government uses force, the people naturally change.
Second, I feel that our country should not let the government itself be so convenient. Now, in order to develop the automotive industry, our policy is to promote low-carbon emission reduction, but on the one hand encourages the expansion of automobile capacity – I guess it is because of taxation. I think that policies should be introduced to encourage and even subsidize the development of electric vehicles, and to impose additional taxes on cars with high fuel consumption – then I am certainly not prepared to change a bigger car (of course, if the big electric car has subsidies, then I Why not).
Third, I also feel that the country should really take a high-handed approach to local governments that have no conscience. We are still able to see too many local governments in the news to ignore the protection of the environment in order to develop the economy. Because the current performance appraisal is basically based on economic development data, it is no wonder that those local officials – but if the green economy can give them extra points, I think the situation will change a lot.
It’s like saying that we, the laity, are shirking responsibility – you are waiting for the state and the government to do it. Don’t you be responsible for your children? In fact, what I mean is that green is a way of life, and this way of life has an inseparable relationship with policy, law, and politics. To some extent, policies shape our green lifestyle.
I still have a sentence, I know the responsibility of our own shoulders on our shoulders, so we have to save water, save electricity, open air conditioners, and use disposable tableware: but please don’t shirk all responsibility to us. . Because there are not so many small islands for us to live in.