Talk about living “green,” and you’re likely to spark a debate.
Some will celebrate it as saving the earth and preserving our way of life. Others will argue that it infringes upon their right to be as wasteful as they want to be in the name of independence. Still others see it as a political agenda.
But the reality is, we have to find space to put our trash, and how we dispose of our waste can affect water and air quality – two essentials for that independent life we all crave.
In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback, a conservative Republican, has championed “green” initiatives across the state, even holding an energy summit this past year in Wichita. He has pushed for a conservation plan to save prairie lands in the Flint Hills.
But living green isn’t always about big policy decisions.
Individuals and businesses have found it just makes sense. Reducing waste saves money. It’s as simple as that.
Small changes can have a big effect if enough people take part.
Here are a few ways that residents in south-central Kansas can make simple lifestyle changes to save our resources:Compost native plants
Find new ways to improve your environmental living by visiting Kansas Green Teams online at www.kansasgreenteams.org/green-guide.