I think green buildings are extremely important but it's only part of the equation. A lot of people think that if I put a green building everything is going to be fine, but actually it's not just the green buildings we need, but green businesses, green governments, green economics. We have to extend the greening of buildings to our business and our lifestyles - that is the most important thing to do next.
And talking about dark! You think dark is just one color, but it ain't. There're five or six kinds of black. Some silky, some woolly. Some just empty. Some like fingers. And it don't stay still, it moves and changes from one kind of black to another. Saying something is pitch black is like saying something is green. What kind of green? Green like my bottles? Green like a grasshopper? Green like a cucumber, lettuce, or green like the sky is just before it breaks loose to storm? Well, night black is the same way. May as well be a rainbow.
When I was eight, nine years of age, my mother bought me a pair of green trousers - corduroy green trousers. I didn't like green, and I basically buried them underground. And my mother kept asking me, 'Where are your trousers?' I said, 'Oh, I don't know.' And from then on I stopped wearing green.
We'd never seen anything as green as these rice paddies. It was not just the paddies themselves: the surrounding vegetation - foliage so dense the trees lost track of whose leaves were whose - was a rainbow coalition of one colour: green. There was an infinity of greens, rendered all the greener by splashes of red hibiscus and the herons floating past, so white and big it seemed as if sheets hung out to dry had suddenly taken wing. All other colours - even purple and black - were shades of green. Light and shade were degrees of green. Greenness, here, was less a colour than a colonising impulse. Everything was either already green - like a snake, bright as a blade of grass, sidling across the footpath - or in the process of becoming so. Statues of the Buddha were mossy, furred with green.
The spring of 1942 was given over to a very impassioned, strategic debate about where we should first attack in counterpunching against the Germans and Italians. The British argued very persuasively on the part of Winston Churchill, prime minister, that this was a very green American Army, green soldiers, green commanders.
If you're reading this book, you're probably already interested in being green, and almost certainly already a parent (or about to become one), so I won't trouble too much with the semantics of what 'being green' means, but just say that doing the 'green' thing here means being as environmentally friendly as possible, while considering your child's everyday personal health as well, and taking into account social-justice issues to some degree, because no-one is an island and humans and animals are part of the environment too. Even if you're new to this, it's entirely possible, with a little helping hand, to form new, green lifestyle habits, so long as you're prepared to take baby steps to begin with (and pardon the pun).
, I found the whole modern world talking scientific fatalism; saying that everything is as it must always have been, being unfolded without fault from the beginning. The leaf on the tree is green because it could never have been anything else. Now, the fairy-tale philosopher is glad that the leaf is green precisely because it might have been scarlet. He feels as if it had turned green an instant before he looked at it.
AND I USED TO HAVE A FAT BOY MIND SURPRISE WHEN THEY LIKED ME NOW HARDY IS AN HARLEY CAUSE THE BABES WANNA RIDE ME WHY NEED... ALREADY GOT A DIME PIECE URBAN OUTFITTED WITH THE FRESH... PIECE GREEN TEA/TEETH THIS IS MATCHING MY GREEN EYES THIS IS MATCHING MY GREEN SHOES THERE IS ONE IN THE GREEN MILE SEE THE GREEN FACE YOU ARE ABOUT TO GET CURSED I SALUTE... IN A POWER RANGER'S SHIRT FRESHER THAN A MOTHER FUCKER I'M A MOTHER FUCKER I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR GROOVIES I LET MY BROTHER FUCK HER CAUSE I MIGHT GET TWO SMILE AND HOW I CHUCK HER 17 YEARS OLD AND... AND WHEN THEY RUN UP RUN UP AND APPROACH ME I LET THEM NOW CAUSE IF THEY'RE BURNING THEY WILL ROAST ME SO FRESH SUPER FLY NO CURTSY
Thee Tom Hardy
Passing just lately over this lake, ... and examining this water next day, I found floating therein divers earthy particles, and some green streaks, spirally wound serpent-wise, and orderly arranged, after the manner of the copper or tin worms, which distillers use to cool their liquors as they distil over. The whole circumference of each of these streaks was about the thickness of a hair of one's head. ... all consisted of very small green globules joined together: and there were very many small green globules as well. [The earliest recorded observation of the common green alga Spyrogyra.]
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
I wish they would use English instead of Greek words. When I want to know why a leaf is green, they tell me it is coloured by "chlorophyll," which at first sounds very instructive; but if they would only say plainly that a leaf is coloured green by a thing which is called "green leaf," we should see more precisely how far we had got.
Why shouldn't you think it's crazy to believe in a green deer? All your life you have been taught to believe in only what you can use-to set on the table, to put in the bank, to build a house with. What possible use would a green deer be to anyone? Who would believe in a man with a blazing bush in his cart? Then let me tell you that it is beliefs just such as these that are the only hope of the world. Let me tell you that until men are ready to believe in the green deer and the strange carter, we shall not lift our noses above the bloody mess we have made of our living
RAPPER: YEAH, LET A THOUSAND THOUGHTS CONTEND I CAN HEAR MYSELF THINKING BUT IT ALL DEPENDS GREEN: IT'S LIKE A TOWER OF BABEL RAPPER: UNABLE TO GET YOUR FIX ON IT GREEN: GET YOUR KICKS ON IT RAPPER: I BET YOU'RE SICK WITH IT, TELL YOU HOW IT IS WHITE GREY FOR YOUR LIVELONG DAY GREEN: REFRIGERATOR HUMMING RAPPER: YOU'RE GOING OR BOTH: YOU'RE COMING RAPPER: YOU'RE NUMB ENOUGH TO TOLERATE THE PAIN THE PENALTY FOR GAINING AN INSIGHT, DAMN RIGHT
SUN WILL BE SHINING, I WILL BE LEAVING LIFE WILL BEGIN FROM ABOVE I STARTED DREAMING DEEPEST OF FEELINGS SKY&RSQUO;S GETTING CLOUDY AND COLD I&RSQUO;M GOING DOWN, I CAN HEAR THE SOUND I&RSQUO;M BACK ON THE GROUND, RED LIGHT GREEN HIGH, GOING DOWN I HAVE TO FIND IT, THE PLACE I REMEMBER SOMEONE IS CALLING FOR ME SOON I WILL BE GONE, I HOPE I WON&RSQUO;T BE LONG I&RSQUO;M HIGH AS I SHOULD BE, RED LIGHT, GREEN HIGH, GOING DOWN RED LIGHT, GREEN HIGH, GOING DOWN&HELLIP; RED LIGHT, GREEN HIGH, GOING DOWN