Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Is it Weird to be Green?





Weird

/wɪəd/
adjective
1. Suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie
2. Strange or bizarre

Source - Thesaurus.com


I ask this because several times recently I have been reading green blogs where the writer has used the word weird.  There was Susie's Weird Green Christmas and Ness mentioned that you could still be green at work without being branded the office weirdo.  But both these are lovely ladies and they are most definitely not weird in my book and they were writing about things that should be totally normal - about reducing and reusing, about taking steps towards a better world.  So why should these ideas be seen as weird especially when you realise that the first antonym given in my online dictionary for weird is NATURAL?  And look at all these other antonyms from the thesaurus ....

weird. (n.d.). Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition. Retrieved January 24, 2017 from Thesaurus.com website http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/weird

Being Green might be perceived as being weird but in our weird world it is really the other way round.  Being Green is genuine, good, natural, usual and I hope, it time, it will become normal and ordinary, what everyone does every day without even thinking and not doing these should be seen as being weird.  I, for one, am proud to be green and if that means I am also labelled weird then I am happy to go with that ... but I do hope in time the tables will turn and it will be those who do not embrace green principles who will be seen as being weird.  In a time of great environmental uncertainty under the current leadership of America, we need to work even harder to make green normal.

Are you proud to be green and by association also proud to be the one of the weird ones?

The Reading Residence

4 comments :

  1. It is strange to label it as weird, isn't it? I'm not sure why, is it perhaps in the minority which makes it weird? As you say, it needs to be normal, natural and in the majority and to move it there 'weird' labels are probably unhelpful! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

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  2. The more it is weird, the more it will be normal! Keep it up. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

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    1. That's very true and I certainly will keep at it ...

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