I grew up spending a lot of time out doors. We went camping a lot and I was taught how to hunt and fish. I grew up eating wild game and fish. I was a whiz at biology and went into advanced biology and ecology as a gifted student. I was also observant of the expanding suburbs from our hill top house, taking away the wild lands, farms, and ranches. It felt wrong. I also learned to fly at an early age and saw it from the air.
I chose, for some reason, to do my thesis for advanced biology/ecology, on mammal populations. I noticed that the human population curve was exactly like that of "stimulated" mammal populations, on a generational scale. I understood exponential math, and completed the human population curve like those crash curves of various previous lab and field studies.
At first, I thought humans were too intelligent a species to let that happen. I saw my city become unbearably overpopulated. I saw it in Europe, and in SE Asia. Then in progressively various cities I lived in. Phoenix, Seattle, Grand Junction, and Colorado Springs. I also observed it in cities I had visited over the years. I watched clear skies turn to smog.
Further study made me realize the "Star trek" future I had hoped for was a pipe dream. Further study showed how right my 1967 study had been, and something not foreseen then---malevolent global warming.
I waited until I was 39 to have one child (1988). There was still hope that people would do the same and there would not be a horrible population crash circa 2050 that many more than I were seeing. Several years later I joined NPG and began my environmental activism(1993). I read Earthship and the Solar living Sourcebook, and that became my dream. I saw the forests destroyed from the air, and had felt the effects of ozone loss and partial recovery from international cooperation, from being out doors so much.
The solar and Earthship dream I made real with hard work, professionalism, discipline, energy, and an artistic bent. 1997-2000.
I am green because it is in my moral conscience to be so. I am green because I think it is the way God wants me to live. I am green because I had to walk the talk, and lead by example.
There have been great advantages, also.
I was able, with sweat equity, savings on no electric bills, savings from growing a lot of my own food, and financial discipline, to pay off my mortgage in 2006.
"With every decision, think seven generations ahead of the consequences of your actions" Ute rule of life.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”
― Chief Seattle