A propos the following verse from Tennyson’s wonderful poem, In Memoriam, [Ring out, wild bells] —
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true
I am reminded of the ubiquitous — and fake — green sales pitch of 2008, one of many things I would like to ring out tonight.
What I wish we could ring in with 2009 is the real green thing — a genuine effort on the part of corporations to clean up their manufacturing processes, reduce packaging and other waste (especially the toxic variety), increase energy-efficiency and develop more product take-back programs. Maybe this will be the year…