The Wearing of the Green
By Jerry D. Haight
Is it really green? Green, a modern political buzzword that portends to save the planet from supposed global warming, protect the environment, save resources and generally makes a populace feel good about purchasing and living “green”. If it is advertised as “green” there is a marked attraction to buyers and while in the past it was “sex” that sold now it is “green” that sells. But is it really “green”.
Take the example of a “green” T-
If you liked the shirt but knew the workers that made it were virtually enslaved, paid mere pennies a day, accorded no human rights, worked in an environment having no regards for ecology, carbon footprint or conservation would you still buy it? If you knew it was made in a country that condones belching smokestacks, rivers and streams that run black with pollutants with no attempt or concern made for remedy, would that be an issue? Many of the same issues apply to the many suppliers of goods and services that come together in a global economy making up a “simple” t-
When considering issues of worker’s pay and benefits, working conditions, labor and human rights, environmental health and safety, Societal impact of Governmental policies and the totality of resource management, is it really “green”.