An article on the Daily Loaf does a great job of explaining how the word has come to be the saying of the 21st century. “The word has symbolized or been associated with hope, growth, sickness, death, inexperience, youth, envy, jealousy, and the devil. Often it refers to nature, plants and oceans. Green can signify regeneration, fertility and rebirth for its connections to Spring.” I could not find a specific date of when the concept of being ‘green’ was coined but the movement has progressively grown since the 20th century.
The eco-friendly affiliation stems from political movements dating as far back as the 1960’s, gaining influence from student protesting and in the 1970’s from environmentalist efforts against nuclear power. The Green Party was officially founded by Die Grunen, and called “Grun” which literally means ‘green’. Green politics centered around ecology, conservation, socialism, feminism, and peace. Followers consider the movement much more than politics–embodying a larger-scale impact than national value.
The verb “to green”, meaning to make more environmentally friendly, was first used in the mid 1980s, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
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