https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... cost-diaryPoliticians and corporations have placed the burden of environmental responsibility on the consumer – but how easy is it to go green when you’re barely getting by? How easy is it to go green, to make deliberate, eco-friendly choices when you’re barely getting by? Can you be green and poor, as I am?
I live in an environmentally conscious place: a rural town with thriving local food businesses, a farmers’ market and many organic farms. But it’s also a small town in central Appalachia, in the poorest county in my state: Ohio. Many people here go hungry. They can’t afford food, let alone organic food. A gas station is the closest source of “groceries” for some people without cars. You can’t walk everywhere if you live in the country.
For a week, I kept a diary with some of the choices I made toward being green. ...
The best point she makes is one that doesn't apply only to people on limited incomes:
It’s overwhelming to think the burden of keeping the world alive rests on the shoulders of consumers. And frankly, it shouldn’t.