Using the definition of “environmental steward,” I consider myself to be green. In fact, I think of myself as greener than most people. However, I am much more pragmatic than Mark Pantermoller (“Being ‘green’ requires a great sacrifice,” Feb 28).

As a native Maine resident, I understand that most of us need a private vehicle in order to function and some type of heat to keep us comfortable in our homes. Moreover, I am a lot less judgmental as I applaud all actions dedicated to being green without sacrificing the necessities.

Many of these are very simple, such as combining errands to reduce the frequency of trips, maintaining optimum tire pressure, and driving at a consistent speed. Having a home weatherized is a green activity that reduces fossil fuel consumption (and the cost to the home owner). Efficiency Maine offers rebates for home owners who follow their air sealing guidelines and other weatherization techniques.

Following the example of our parents and grandparents (which Pantermoller seems to reject), we can purchase locally grown produce as much as possible, reduce purchasing of overly packaged goods, and recycle.

Instead of drying clothes in a dryer, we can use a clothesline or racks inside.

One significant way that I consider myself to be green is by trying to spread the message of environmentalism whenever possible — including writing this letter.

Linda Woods

Oakland


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