Myth: we have to save the earth. Frankly, the earth doesn't need to be saved. Nature doesn't give a hoot if human beings are here or not. The planet has survived cataclysmic and catastrophic changes for millions upon millions of years. Over that time, it is widely believed, 99 percent of all species have come and gone while the planet has remained. Saving the environment is really about saving our environment - making it safe for ourselves, our children, and the world as we know it. If more people saw the issue as one of saving themselves, we would probably see increased motivation and commitment to actually do so. -Robert M. Lilienfeld, management consultant and author (b. 1953) and William L. Rathje, archaeologist and author (b. 1945)
What an interesting idea. I think this would reach a lot of people and we need to get a lot more people interested in conservation - of energy, of land, of goods.
We recycle. We only have one car and it's a small car that gets great gas mileage (though not a hybrid). We eat vegetarian for breakfast and lunch. We eat vegetarian dinners 3 days a week (who doesn't love beans?!? :-) and chicken or fish the other days. I'm sure there is more we could do though.
The economy is the priority right now but I think conservation should be the next item on the list. Going green has the potential to create jobs in the long run too.