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Nature_and_Environment.15

Eco-Social Culture

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{Nature_and_Environment.15.3}: Karen Iwamoto {kai28} Sun, 28 Mar 2004 15:37:23 CST (26 lines)

I think we can do it- mostly through gentle peer pressure.
Unfortunately, I think it'll be a gradual change, and while that
change is occurring and evolving, we'll all suffer a bit. But it will
come.

As my husband and I learn new things, and try to impliment more
eco-social changes/ideals into our daily lives, our friends have
noticed, and are slowly changing their ideals and methods of doing
things. Which is amazing, because as a demographic, our friends are
statistically the least likely people in America to make these
changes. As my husband is in the military, most of our friends are
also in the military. Miltary personel are stereotypically known for
their conservativeness and resistance to social change. But now we've
gotten them thinking about fuel efficiency in their vehicles,
alternative energy sources, the ethics of where you choose to spend
your money, and the benefits of organic, all natural foods. Most of
this has been done by setting an example, and gently explaining to
anyone who will listen why we do the things we do, and how our choices
will benefit us all in the short and long term.

I know that small changes like this wont change the world. But as more
and more people create more and more converts, eventually the
marketplace will have to cater to those new, more widely held ideals.

thats my idealistic theory anyway. I'm hoping not to die a bitter and
dissapointed old woman someday.

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