Happy Earth Day!  3 Promises to Support Mother Planet

Happy Earth Day! 3 Promises to Support Mother Planet

Hello!  I’m back from vacation and anxious as ever!  It’s Earth Day and a couple recent articles (namely “Climate Change Is Already Damaging American Democracy and The Next Reckoning; Capitalism and Climate Change) combined with a constant state of guilt have me convinced we’re completely doomed.  BUT since I need to feel like there’s a glimmer of hope (i.e. there’s something I can control in all of this), I’m getting extreme about going green!

Here are 3 practices I’m implementing for prioritizing poor old Mother Earth...

PLUS links to SCM posts about them..

PLUS quotes that got me committed to changing my ways:

1.  Eating Vegan Before 6pm- “According to the United Nations, 33 percent of arable land on Earth is used to grow feed for livestock. Even more, 26 percent of the ice-free terrestrial surface of Earth is used for grazing livestock. In all, almost a third of the land on Earth is used to produce meat and animal products.“ (Atlantic, Hamblin, 2017)

Mark Bittman’s “VB6” table, here’s  his book

Mark Bittman’s “VB6” table, here’s his book

2.  Only Buying Old Clothes- “... if current clothes consumption continues ‘...it will account for more than a quarter of our total impact on climate change by 2050’, chairwoman (of House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee) Mary Creagh told BBC News.  ‘Three in five garments end in landfill or incinerators within a year - that's expensive fuel! Half a million tonnes of micro fibers a year enter the ocean. Doing nothing is not an option.’” (BBC)

-if you haven’t already, check out Poshmark— It’s got everything you’d ever need (including great basics) and will help you get rid of the things you don’t!

Etsy shops like  Wovenfolk  sells used clothes that are better than new ones

Etsy shops like Wovenfolk sells used clothes that are better than new ones

3.  Researching the “Zero Waste” movement (reading this book, watching this video) and Trying My Darndest Not to Buy Plastic Stuff- “From the 1950s to today, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced, with around half of it made since 2004. And since plastic does not naturally degrade, the billions of tons sitting in landfills, floating in the oceans or piling up on city streets will provide a marker if later civilizations ever want to classify our era. Perhaps they will call this time on Earth the Plastocene Epoch.” (NYTimes)

Bea Johnson (mom of 2) is one of the pioneers of the Zero Waste lifestyle,  here’s her book .

Bea Johnson (mom of 2) is one of the pioneers of the Zero Waste lifestyle, here’s her book.

Oh, turns out... “Life Without Plastic is Possible, It’s Just Very Hard.”

 

 

I’d love to add to this list.  Mom, what other ways are you going easy on the Earth?

 

p.s. Check out Package Free Shop for 25% off today- its founder, Lauren Singer is really inspirational, follow her here.  

p.p.s. It’s Earth Day.  Here’s How to Make Less Trash

 

 

Cool Mom Masks; Simone Leigh and Nimba Rituals

Cool Mom Masks; Simone Leigh and Nimba Rituals

On vacay!

On vacay!