Cedar’s saying o’ the day, “Mom, do you have to be a hippie if you’re eco-friendly?”
My response, “Um, no.”
Cedar: “WHEW! I really like being eco-friendly but I don’t want to be a hippie!”
Where on earth do these misconceptions come from? Is there even such a thing as an actual hippie anymore? I’ll admit it, I’m pretty crunchy and some people do call me a hippie, because of how I look or the music I listen to or because I like eco-topics.
But, really here’s the deal… just because you believe in living eco-friendly doesn’t mean you need to move into a tree, co-op housing or an off-grid home. You don’t have to wear peace buttons and amber oil, grow dreads or smoke “herb” though you can do all those things if you like. No worries, no judgment.
Considering my nine year old son is asking about it, I think some people think that “green” means a specific fashion or lifestyle is required, or that if they live green, people will assume they’re into “hippie stuff.”
The truth is that anyone can or cannot live green. Trust me, I lived in super hippie Humboldt land and not everyone was all that eco-friendly. You can wear a business suit or bell bottoms or a flipping princess dress and still be ethical and green OR not.
In a general sense, I think we need to lose the old-school culture based ideas about eco-friendly living vs. the hippies.
What do you think?