Four Questions with Adam Shake

Adam Shake is an environmental writer and global warming activist.

Adam Shake

How do you make your day-to-day life a little greener?

I love this question. It’s kind of like “How do you breath?” After a while, doing things like recycling your toilet paper rolls and keeping your heat set at 59 degrees 20 hours a day while sleeping or at work in the winter, becomes second nature. Food doesn’t go to waste and anything that can be recycled is. As a result, we end up with less than one bag of “landfill” trash each week. I also take the Metro train to work, to lower my carbon footprint.

Why is being green important to you?

According to some people, environmentalism has become tantamount to a “pseudo religion.” But I don’t worship the planet anymore than I worship a loved family member. Every action that we take has an effect on the environment, and that effect has an effect on us. By protecting the environment or “being green” we are ensuring our own protection. Why is being green important to me? Because I want my Grandchildren to inherit a healthy planet, so that they can be healthy in return.

What is one green tip you would like to share with us?

There are thousands of “Top 10 ways to go green” list’s out there, so the one thing that I’d like to share is that before we can change the way we live, we have to change the way we see. I would suggest living the way you’ve always lived for 1 week, but during that week, ask yourself “How is what I’m doing right now, impacting the environment?” After one week, you’ll find that you are already making better choices, and you’ll know what other choices are right for you and your family.

Where is your favorite spot on earth?

This is the toughest question of them all. I’ve seen the aurora borealis in Northern Michigan, the deep carpet of the Milky Way from the center of a desert and a meteor shower from the Colorado Rockies. Sometimes when I’m eating lunch on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, I think that the winter sun slanting between it columns is the most beautiful thing in the world. I guess my favorite spot on earth is wherever I happen to be at the moment.

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  1. territerri’s avatar

    Great interview! Adam’s advice on how to make good “green living” choices is simple and doable, but can have a profound impact. I’m going to give it a try.

  2. Wendy Gabriel’s avatar

    Adam is a wonderful example on how to live a thoughtful life!

  3. wiredtoinspire’s avatar

    I like the idea of “pursuing our own protection”–for ourselves and future generations. He had some good thoughts here–thanks for sharing!

  4. Wendy Gabriel’s avatar

    If we make good decisions now, our children and their children will be better off!

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