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Green is where the Heart Is for October 31, 2012

“Fear less, hope more;  Eat less, chew more;  Whine less, breathe more;  Talk less, say more;  Love more, and all good things will be yours.” ~Swedish Proverb

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Several weeks ago Simon stayed with us for a week or so.  This tender-hearted man in his early 20’s from Tvååker, Sweden was very interested in our customs and habits but not as much as I was with his. 
Simon drove our Jeep around the island and into downtown Wilmington.  He explained that in his country when taking the test to get your driver’s license, you have to prove you are as aware of saving fuel as you are of following traffic rules. 
For example, when slowing down you would be expected to downshift instead of just stepping on the brake (as most of the cars are manual and not automatic like we have here in the US.)
This small Nordic country is breaking records in all kinds of ‘living green’ attitudes.  Very little garbage, only 4 percent, ends up in a landfill and for them, this happens to be a problem.  Sweden has become so efficient in converting waste to renewable energy that they don’t have enough trash.  
According  to Catarina Osrlund, a senior advisor for the country’s environmental protection agency, Sweden is now getting paid by Norway and someday soon hopefully Bulgaria, Romania and Italy as future trash exporters. 
This is quite a contrast to the issue New Hanover County is facing with our landfill nearing the end of its lifespan.  The forecasted lifespan of our existing landfill is 6 years. 
We have several options.  One is to expand it.  One is to export our garbage to Sampson County (for a pretty penny) and one (the most creative of all) is to create a sustainable-energy facility that converts burnt garbage to energy. 
As the commissioners looked at the latter option, they rejected the proposed contract by a 3-2 vote.  Barfield and Johnson were both on board.  It doesn’t surprise me that Berger and Davis rejected it. 
Neither one of them are forward thinking especially with Davis’ appalling remarks/mindset about women and sex (he surely is living in the 1950’s.) 
Caitlin usually takes the environmentally sensible road but he voted against this.  I would be interested to understand why.  What will it will take to convince this county to think outside of the box like the Swedes and come up with a plan that will be efficient, environmentally conscious and affordable in the long run?  
What will it take for us to teach our children to be aware of the high cost of living in a disposable society?  
Maybe we can begin by realigning our priorities and becoming responsible consumers…..reducing the amount of “stuff” we purchase by only buying what we actually need or use.  
I also support purchasing products made in the USA even if the price tag is a little higher than the outsourced prices of overseas “junk.”  Surround yourself with quality.  Surround yourself with those products that are made in your community when possible. 
Teach your children that less can be more.  Buy less, enjoy more…the responsible way to cut down on waste.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. 
Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.