Green in the City

It is very exciting to know that people are trying to use their resources more efficiently. We are all realizing we must be very gracious to mother Earth and we have to take care of her. The bad thing is that there are plenty of people who think it is a trend to be green. For example in the website, www.greenstudentu.com it says “Thrift store shopping can be a fun, green experience for everyone. Finding cool items that can be recycled will not only help the environment, but they might just help you brighten up your eco-lifestyle”.
This almost makes it seems as if it is a fashion statement to try and save the world. This is like a green bug has been going around biting everyone. “Not only do you get to reuse a unique, vintage item, but you also stop factories from making more items and creating pollution, and creating pollution, and that greatly reduces your carbon footprint.” This is what people with cash are doing but on the other hand people who don’t have it feel down. People in low-income communities feel like they can’t be part of the movement because it is so expensive to buy recycled or eco-friendly products. What people from the upper class have to hand over to us, the poor people, is that we have been green for decades.
Communities like mine have been shopping at thrift stores and using hand me downs as long as I can remember. This is a great way to reuse our sources that people didn’t always consider. People with more money used to look down on us for buying second hand clothes but now it is the coolest thing to do.
Low-income people do not cause most of the pollution because we are not the ones buying all of these products, driving big fancy SUVs, or running coal industries. We don’t have to buy hybrid cars or buy recycled paper to show we care. What I am saying is that we as low-income people can be and have been part of the movement!
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