In the mid 1950’s before many of those reading this article were even born, a green puppet of Sesame Street fame was created, or should I say recycled. Kermit the frog, the beloved green Muppet was “born” from an old turquoise ladies coat (yes Kermit started out turquoise) and some reused ping pong balls for eyes. Besides being the star of the show and the target of affection for that famous swine, Ms. Piggy, Kermit also was, in my mind, the leader of the green movement. Besides literally being created from the three R’s (renew, reuse and recycle), he professed the challenges of being green in his hit song called “Bein’ Green”. The lyrics start like this:
“It’s not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold…
or something much more colorful like that.”
Kermit continues on with lines of how he might prefer to be “splashy like the sparkles in the water or the stars up in the sky”. His sage insight into the challenges of being green continues for those who are in favor of sustainable initiatives. The constant attempt to convert the masses to take on green initiatives needed to help our environment is tiring.
Green is the color of choice to represent the environmental movement because it is considered the color of nature. It stands for growth, hope, regeneration and rebirth. As Kermit would say, “It is the color of spring, cool and friendly-like, big like an ocean, important like a mountain or tall like a tree.
Being green is something we all should aspire to be and inspire others to become. Maybe not in skin color like a frog but certainly in the way we look to sustain our future and the future of our planet. As Kermit would say, “I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful and I think it’s what I want to be.” I think Kermit would agree, it is what we need to be.