23 Jun '12, 9am

Is Becoming a US Citizen the Greenest Thing I Will Ever Do?

Is Becoming a US Citizen the Greenest Thing I Will Ever Do?

I just did the greenest thing I am ever likely to do. I became a US Citizen. And with the patriotic guitar chords of Lee Greenwood still ringing in my ears (yup, they do make you listen to God Bless the USA ), I am excited about what this move means for my family—and for my ability to contribute to the environmental movement. Sure, America's reliance on dirty fossil fuels and its lack of leadership on climate mean that the idea of becoming American improving one's environmental footprint seems a little oxymoronic at first. But then we have to remember that real environmental impact is not just about how much, or how little, we emit and consume as individuals, . It's about what influence we can wield on the collective culture. And if you are living in a democracy but you can't vote, that influence will always be limited. Now that I am a citizen, I have a vote. I have a voic...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/becomi...

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