It's Not Easy Being Green: Pedestrian Friendly

I live in a pedestrian friendly town. Seriously, it says so on the signs welcoming you into town. But I am only a pedestrian while working out. Otherwise, I drive.

It’s not that I am lazy (I hope). I am a workaholic, and I work until the last minute before leaving for lunch or a meeting down the road. By down the road, I mean 2/5 of a mile away. But it’s not like I get so much done in the ten extra minutes I get if I’m not walking to make unnecessarily taxing the environment worth it. It’s a compulsive bad habit I should break.

Here’s why: if all able Americans walked daily for 30 minutes instead of driving, we’d cut our annual carbon dioxide emissions by more than 60 million tons and save more than 6 billion gallons of gas.

So this week, my goal is to walk to everything within 15 minutes of the house. Day one: I pry my fingers off the keyboard to head to the grocery store for dinner’s missing ingredient. I read my Blackberry the whole time. This from a girl who is so unaddicted to her Blackberry that I usually have 200 messages to delete when I look. Day two: I bemoan the cold front while walking to the bookstore. Finally, on day three, I walk to lunch and enjoy it. Tulips and azaleas are blooming. The air is fresh, and I relax into it, joyously aware I’m doing more than reducing my impact.

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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