Do you consciously buy fewer products and, of those products you buy, do you look for used ones or ones that will last longer?
Do you treasure experiences over things?
Do you donate to charity? Time, money or goods?
Do you eat local food? Make your own bread, yogurt, or even your own dinner?
Do you garden? Bike? Hang your clothes out to dry? Compost?
Do you think about your own impact on the environment and what you can do to help our planet?
Do you care about what happens to your neighbor? Your children's classmates? The people manufacturing your children's toys in China?
Do you live a fuller, more meaningful life?
The London Telegraph and the San Francisco Chronicle has dubbed such people the YAWNs (Young and Wealthy but Normal). True to her nickname, however, Arduous considered YAWNs too dull a nickname for us eco-movers and shakers. She challenged those of us inhabiting the blogosphere to come up with a better acronym and guess who won? My own Mr. Green Bean for his proposal of APLS (Apples) - Affluent People Living Sustainably. (If you balk at the affluent part of the acronym, visit this site, thanks to Arduous, to see how your paycheck stacks up to the rest of the world.)
Don't let the mainstream media label us YAWNs, insinuate that our movement is tedious or humdrum. Instead, announce your APLS-dom to the world. Let folks know that more APLS per day will keep climate change at bay. Grab this totally not boring APLS sidebar button for your blog or site and shout out that you are the apple of the world's eye.
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UPDATE: I messed up the button. It should have said PERSONS instead of PEOPLE. A corrected version and code have been posted. If you have the original version posted, sorry about that.
* Green Apple photo from Sufi Nawaz.