How 'green' would you like to be?

@maximax8 (29135)
United Kingdom
December 10, 2009 2:57am CST
A Welsh family from a city moved to a yurt in the countryside. In their usual life they used lots of electricity but there they had to cycle in order to make the solar energy work. They had to look for food in the bush and go to shops to ask for foods that was going to be thrown out. The shower was a bucket that had to be filled with water. The daughter was washing her hair when she run out of water. Everything had to be recycled. Would you like to live in a yurt for a month? What do you think of the family's experience? How green would you like to be?
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18 responses
• Latvia
11 Dec 09
I dont think that famely did right. It is like going from one extreme to an other. We have to start to think more green than we do write now but thet famely bent over.
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@samson1967 (7422)
• India
10 Dec 09
That is the life to be lead by everyone. Pure natural life in the mid of nature!!! That kind of life do come again, might be after the disaster of 2012!!!
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
10 Dec 09
*Groan...... There is no disaster comming 2012.
@jdyrj777 (6549)
• United States
11 Dec 09
xfahctor, thats what they said to Noah too. Just before the flood came and swept them allaway. 2Pe.3:3,4,7; Mt.24:39. Reguardless if that is 12/2012 or whenever, HIS KINGDOM IS COMING!!!!!!!
@rsa101 (17845)
• Quezon City, Philippines
23 Feb 10
It seems that it will be a lot for me to adjust to that kind of a lifestyle but then I would love that someday we can all use these technology without the hassles of cycling or allowing things to charge up before we can truly enjoy electricity or what. In time I truly believe in the promises of solar energy will become part of us.
• United States
18 Jan 10
I would like to be more green. I recycle, try to conserve energy and water, try to avoid plastic, but there always seems like there could be more I could do.
@BestTeam (54)
• United States
6 Jan 10
Living, sharing and teaching green is what earns me green! Jane, a.k.a. EcoGreenMomCEO :) www.BuildWithYou.WiseHomeBiz.com
@andy77e (5163)
• United States
13 Dec 09
Nope. I enjoy the luxuries of life, and I intend to live where I can hop in the car, and drive less than five minutes away and have 30 resturants ready to serve me food. I want to be able to go home and have movies, TV, and other things to do to relax at a moments notice. I'd be more than happy to go out there for a day to see how they live, and say things like "Hmmm that's nice." and then wave at those nice people as I head on back to my heated air conditioned, condo in the city. Green is nice to look at. That's why suburban families pay lawn care services to keep their yards nice and green. But I'd rather not live there.
@hvedra (1623)
11 Dec 09
I watched the first three episodes and I couldn't take any more because it was badly planned and executed by the production company (or it wasn't and they did it to make "good" telly). I could cope with living in a yurt for a month or even longer but then I try to live a low impact lifestyle anyway and don't particularly care for having lots of material things and gadgets so it wouldn't be a shock to my system. Dropping a family into that kind of lifestyle so dramatically wasn't good. Such drastic changes are hard to cope with when you WANT to make them. It was a bit like trying to do Victorian Farm with people who had no training, no knowledge base to draw on and no resources. Even those who do live that kind of lifestyle tend to make a gradual transition rather than trying to change everything at once. I thought the family coped quite well in the circumstances but I could understand totally why they began kicking against it and getting fed up. What they went through was really counter-productive in the way it was done.
• Philippines
11 Dec 09
well there is absolutely nothing wrong with being green. we used to have a beautiful earth, one that does not have too much heat and too much cold at night. weather are predictable then, but its quite different now. if that is the only solution to save us from global warming, i can do it. after all, advance in technology and other things makes life worst. there's no problem with me, i am use to simple living.
@gary1125 (174)
• Australia
11 Dec 09
I had this fantacy that, to live in an island, just like what was described in "Robinson Crusoe", I really like to live like that. But not just myself, could be a family or a friend, would be really fun. I havent got the experience of living in a yurt yet, but I would like to
@snafushe (794)
• Canada
11 Dec 09
I am already pretty green compared to lots of other people. I recycle, I don't use plastics/materials that are going to end up in the landfills, I don't use aerosol cans, I walk to commute, I recycle water, and I try not to use materials hazardous to the environment. When I buy a car I plan on purchasing a hybrid, if I do ever buy a car.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Dec 09
I would certainly love for our family to be a lot greener than we are, but I don't think that I would ever be able to go to that kind of an extent. I've grown up with all of the creature comforts so I don't think that I'd be able to give them up, even for a month. I do want us to take further steps to make our house more environmentally friendly like putting on vinyl siding for further insulation and also adding some solar panels at some point, but I don't think that any member of our family would be able to rough it.
@monkey82 (12)
• China
11 Dec 09
I think that I shall not live in a yurt for a month.Because it's not necessary to do so.Living in a yurt may bring a little discomfort.We advocate that everyone pay attention on his actions.When we are shopping,we should buy the products which are packed with materials that are easy to be recycled or treated ,or easy to dissolve or to be absorbed in the environment.We can either take the subway or ride a bike to work.And we should appeal to everyone to save electricity and other energy.
@yyzaxt (10)
• China
11 Dec 09
I think i would like to do that.. this kind of life style can lead people keep away from the pollution and recall the happiness of family relationships.. this family's experience is so great! It isn't so easy to make a decision to live in a yurt.. If I live in a yurt for a month.. no electricity.. no internet.. haha.. maybe i'll be anxious..
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
10 Dec 09
Hmmm, I think I am too old for experiencing that style of living. I have been camping quite a few times,. sometimes at sites without electricity. Even though I didnt go bush hunting for food or ask shops for left overs.. I think I could cope without electricty and showers/ toilets, as there are ways around keeping clean without electricity. The food situation wouldnt work for me, as Im not experienced with looking for bush food. What did they recycle besides water? The solar energy is a good idea, very good in fact where I live, as we have lots of sun.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
10 Dec 09
Thats a bit much for me to do on purpose or not out of dire nessesity. I'm a recneck, I have survival skills and don't doubt I could survive a rough existence, but that doesn't mean I am going to go out of my way to live a rough existence. Conservation and simple recycling or being envirnomentaly concious is one thing...but to throw ourselves back to the stone age for something that has been far from proven is an entilrey other matter.
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
10 Dec 09
I could handle doing that for a short period of time, but in the long term I would like to be a little more organised. I would love to be set up on some land in the country where I was totally self sufficient and green. I would have solar for power and heating water as well as windmills for power too. But instead of going to town looking for food that was being discarded, I would have fruit trees and a very large organic vegetable garden where I could trade excess produce for other items that I may need. Also, I would have chickens and bees for that purpose too as well as the fact that they are great to have around a large garden.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
10 Dec 09
I think the family is great! At least they are willing to sacrifice their usual lifestyle to experience something out of the norm. Though I may consider but I know for sure, I would not trade in my luxury especially where water is concerned.
• China
10 Dec 09
That is a natural life what we need to encourage becuase so much fossile fuel has been used and we will definetely run out of it in the near future if we don't start recycling energy and water at once. I agree with the action the family took. If most of people in the world realized the situation and took action our planet would be more beautiful. Sadly not every one realize this problem. I want to be very green. In daily life I try my best to recycle the water and try to use plastic bag as little as possible. I am a litle shamed of not having been green totaly.