If you’re interested in going green, a big tip I recommend is finding a community (or communities) of green-minded people to “live in” or be a part of.
Going green can feel like a constant battle or struggle, or it can be great fun and an ever-interesting endeavor. This depends partly on your own inner perspective, but it also depends a lot on the people who surround you and who you interact with regularly — the community (or communities) you live in.
Traditionally, community referred to the small village, town, or part of a town you belonged to. But these days, it goes far beyond that. We belong to different professional communities, recreational communities, and virtual/web communities.
In my job as an online writer and journalist, I have developed numerous web-based friendships and live in various internet communities (i.e. StumbleUpon, Facebook, Digg, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Buzz, on Skype, and on the websites I write for or frequent). I can say with certainty that these communities and the people who I interact with the most in them can have a strong influence on us — on our thoughts and behaviors.
While we can’t often choose our neighbors in the physical world, in the virtual world, we can find and surround ourselves with green-minded people that will surely help us in going green.
Living in a Green Community in the “Real World”
While green, virtual communities are great, especially for those of us who don’t have the option of living in a physical, green community, there are also huge benefits to living in “real-world” green communities.
I’ve written on this before when writing about my experiences living in an ecovillage, so rather than discuss that in depth here again, I’ll just direct you over to that post — Living in Community to Help the World — 7 Observations from Living in an Ecovillage.
Image Credit: EcoVillage at Ithaca