We couldn't let Earth Day go by without another new vocabulary word in the lexicon of sustainability. This one is actually fun to say! Scruppies is defined as "socially conscious upwardly mobile persons." Me (God-willing on the upwardly mobile part), for example.
I grew up in a rural area where being Green was just the way we lived. We'd never pollute the land we had to live on because, well, we had to live there. We bought food at the farmer's markets because we were friends with the farmers. We shut off lights and rarely had air conditioning because it was just too expensive. We used items until they wore out, and then had them repaired rather than tossing them because that makes economic sense.
So now that I'm college educated twice-over and have a good job, I want to be financially independent and successful while also hanging onto my roots of only using the resources I absolutely need and doing my part to make the planet a cleaner, healthier place. Simple enough. Apparently, I'm not alone. There are so many of us who fit this category that we have numbers large enough to justify our own demographic segment: scruppies.
Persistence pays. Happy Earth Day to all!
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