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Search the web and you will find plenty of advice on how to go green, live sustainably, shop eco-friendly and otherwise bring an earth-conscious dimension to all aspects of your life.  To transform this into real habit-changing action however is the more difficult part.  Eating vegetarian, recycling and taking public transportation, as I have been doing daily for years, are not hard choices and I cannot say that they feel like personal sacrifices.  If the inevitable climate change facing humanity is to be curbed at all, if natural resources that we all depend on are to be maintained sufficiently, and if we are to live in a healthy, pollution-free environment then these few lifestyle changes that I have made are just the tip of the iceberg.  To take it to the next level requires consuming less energy and less stuff, making responsible purchases and supporting like-minded organizations.  What does this come down to on a day-to-day basis in Boston?  I live in the middle of the city and have neither land to grow anything nor a green thumb.  I like to dress up, go out, travel and enjoy myself.  How does this impact my social life and leisure time?  How does this impact my work?  Specific to the Boston area, what are the options for shopping and dining?  These are the questions to which I am interested in finding out the answers.  In conversations about sustainability with others I often hear the sentiment that it is a great ideal but just too difficult to do especially with the busy lives we all lead and financial constraints we all contend with nowadays.  Hard and expensive.  I don’t expect to be able to disprove this entirely, however I do believe that in Boston there are more “green” alternatives and opportunities than may be obvious to most and it just takes some time and effort to discover them.

gb@green-bostonian.com

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