Hello, and a collective “welcome.” We’re new here, too.
Chris and I have been talking about starting a sustainability-focused blog for months. Yesterday we finally reached a critical mass of intention, and so here we are.
This summer we’ve taken in a ton of information. The thing that really got us started on sustainability was a book called No Impact Man;The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process. That’s really the title; no kidding. It’s a great book. Author Colin Beavan introduces himself as a former classic screechy liberal, one who crows about the misdeeds of others and offers plentiful judgment but who, at the end of the day, is rather at fault himself. Thing is, that’s what we were doing. We thought we were environmentalists, but reading that book made us realize that it was really just lip service, and that there was much more to be done. No Impact Man jump-started our little sustainable engines, and got us moving in a process that will continue — and expand — for a long time.
Since tapping into the well of information and intention Beavan has gathered together, we’ve been reading dozens of books and websites, biking here and there and everywhere, and judging our food purchases not just on price but also on how little packaging it’s wrapped in, whether or not that packaging is recyclable or compostable, and how far the product has traveled to get to us (Italian cheeses are out). Milk comes from west-coast cows only. We’ve gotten rid of our TV. We Freecycle. We plant trees in county parks. We haven’t seen a plastic grocery store bag in months. None of this in and of itself is unprecedented, or groundbreaking, but it’s changing our awareness and focus. As we wrote in the “about us” page, we are not experts. We’re just trying to figure out what to do, because we’re convinced that dramatic changes need to take place very, very quickly if we hope to preserve anything resembling “the good life” for future generations, and even for ourselves in the coming years. As climate change scientists ruefully tell us, time is drawing short. We need to move forward — only forward — together, without wavering. We need relentless forward motion.
So here’s our attempt.
But wait, let’s hear it one more time: we are not experts. We’re not here to educate other people; we’re here so that people, us included, can educate ourselves together. Add your suggestions, thoughts, disagreements, ideas on better ways to do things. We invite everyone who stops by to join the conversation; together we will be much better equipped to face the many challenges hurtling our way. The time is now. Welcome.