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Monday Menagerie #22

The Green Issue #1

(you knew it was coming)

Green art, Green companies, Green women, Green stories, Green to-do’s, Green inspirations


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4 years ago I was hired by an incredible company,  EcoSet Consulting, and my world has not been the same since.  Whatever industry you are in, and if you are passionate about it, you usually eat, sleep and breathe that industry. When you are a designer, you know everything you can about fashion, as a musician you better be sure you know something about who is topping the charts, when you are obsessed with tech, you buy the latest Apple product the minute it comes out.  When you work in Sustainability, you see everything differently.  Going to the grocery store (for someone who hates to cook) and trying to buy things that have minimal packaging, are as organic as possible and don’t break the bank can be a nightmare.  You will carry your items out in your arms and purse if you forget your reusable bag and you will go thirsty instead of buy a single-use water bottle.  Being “green” ain’t easy, but you do your best anyway.

Funny story… about a year after we starting dating, my boyfriend and I were sitting outdoors at lunch in NYC when he noticed our table: multiple individual ketchup and mustard packets, salt and pepper packaging, wrappers for every sandwich, salad and fry, a styrofoam cup for a milkshake (his not mine), plastic straws, multiple napkins and paper plates…sound familiar?  He exclaimed in an overwhelmed tone, “I wish I had never started dating you.” I laughed because I knew what he was referring to: having spent a year with me, he was no longer immune to the awareness of the enormous amount of trash we each generate on a daily basis.  I said “Ok, you can break up with me.” He said “Nope! I am already in it, so we might as well fight this fight together.” He is now the recycling ambassador for his theatre department at the University of South Alabama.

I tell this story and share the posts below because my eyes have been opened, and I truly believe that we all can take small steps to enhance our lives and those around us by being mindful as to how we are treating the earth.  SO many people feel guilty for what they are “not” doing and feel helpless, so they don’t do anything at all.  Progress is possible and it starts with awareness, education, inspiration and action.  I hope the stories below serve as a gentle kick in the butt, and remind us that we all play a part 🙂


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Art by Kate Powell via 1millionwomen.com

AWARENESS

We all know that something is going on with the planet, and we may not all agree on what, but I think we can agree that “times, they are a changin’.”  What better way to give us some perspective and awareness than through this exquisite art.

18 GREEN ARTISTS WHO ARE MAKING CLIMATE CHANGE AND CONSERVATION A PRIORITY

PHOTOGRAPHER USES HER CAMERA TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

ARTIST KATE POWELL ON WOMEN, CLIMATE CHANGE AND PROTECTING OUR PLANET


photo via humanevents.com

photo via humanevents.com

EDUCATION

SMART GIRLS UNDERSTAND: CLIMATE CHANGE

Who better to educate us about climate change then Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls’ site. This article gives some details, insights and ways to make small changes.

While discussing climate change can be controversial, the facts are not. 97 percent of scientists—based on thousands of studies from across the globe—have reached consensus that humans caused climate change. It’s up to us Smart Girls to continue the conversation with our friends, family, and neighbors about the impact that everyday choices have on our planet.

WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS A WOMAN’S FIGHT

In this article we see how climate change affects women all over the world and why and how we are most impacted by it.

Climate change is devastating. It’s long, it’s hard, it’s arduous. It’s a pain in the butt, a constant headache. But as women, we can make it go away. We just need to support and empower one another to make sustainable lifestyle choices.

THE POPE’S 10 COMMANDMENTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

10 great commandments that I think we all can abide by and get behind, including:

Embrace Alternative Energy Sources

Turn Off The Lights, Recycle and Don’t Waste Food

Believe You Can Make A Difference.

WHOLE FOODS SHOWS A WORLD WITHOUT BEES

Save the BEEEES! Please.

JOHN OLIVER EDUCATES ABOUT FOOD WASTE

This is just so, so good (and scary and impactful) but GOOOD!

 


INSPIRATION

Below are some companies and individuals making the world a better place for all of us.

EcoSet Consulting is one of the companies walking the talk and doing what it can to reduce one industry’s impact on the environment.  Working for this company has been a blessing and they inspire me every day with their determination, innovation and persistence to make a difference.

Earth Angel and Green Product Placement are two sister companies (and women-owned businesses) that are rocking the entertainment industry and making it more sustainable for us all.

The Honest Company – Jessica Alba is beautiful and rich and making consumers look at labels and buy “honest”… and we love her for it (Shared by Tara)

Check out these stories of everyday people and organizations making a difference:

DAD FOUND A WONDERFUL USE FOR LEFTOVER CRAYONS (shared by Ann V)

APPALACHIANS’ ZERO WASTE STADIUM (shared by Sara D)

GOING OFF THE GRID – A whole show dedicated to people doing the impossible and “going off the grid” (shared by Tracy C)

7 INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN SUSTAINABLE FASHION – these women are showing us how it’s done!


photo via ecowatch.com

photo via ecowatch.com

ACTION

Here are some articles on ways you can take action – Big and Small

TAKE ACTION UN AND CLIMATE CHANGE

COMPOST IN YOUR APARTMENT  (shared by Tara T)

TOP 10 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING

Thank you to everyone reading this who is doing what it takes to reduce your impact. We can stand as a global community and make a difference…for our kids.

via dreamstime.com

via dreamtime.com


Featured image (at top) by: naturesperfectplantfood.com

All reviews written and opinions expressed are the author’s own. “Shared by [name]” – Refers to the person who shared the link to the original piece featured here.

 

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