"It [the article] is a little different from what you've had in the past, so I hope it's ok. I was inspired by some of my recent political producing and I have a tendency to drag out my soap box when it comes to voting."
Take it away, Meg!
Going green sometimes means getting involved
To quote my dear old friend Kermit the Frog, “It ain’t easy being green.”
What can I say; the little guy was on to something before his time.
I’m sure you know what he means. Those of us who consider ourselves “green,” “environmentalists,” or even “tree huggers” sometimes get a little flack from those who are not so eco-savvy (or even friendly for that matter.)
We’re laughed at as we pull cans and bottles out of the trash to put them in the recycling bins. Family members give us a weird look as we dump leftover food into separate containers for composting.
It’s one thing to take the green stance with your family, but sometimes going green means putting yourself even further out there and taking a stance with your community.
I’m lucky that I live in Seattle, a city that prides itself on its eco-savviness. Many of our elected leaders feel the same way I do about our environment. Recently, Council Members have made changes to legislation that promotes both local eating and improves our recycling. Some of those changes include:
· Creating permanent spaces for farmers markets in several neighborhoods· Bringing smaller farmers markets to neighborhoods not served by them such as this one at City Hall in downtown Seattle
· Improving garbage pick up to include yard and food waste which is turned into compost for city parks
· Creating legislation allowing residents to created raised garden beds on the parking strips near the sidewalks (especially important for townhouse owners who don’t have a yard)
· Offering a $100 rebate for residents who buy energy efficient appliances
Hopefully your elected officials are looking out for your green interests. If not, then it’s time to take a stand. City Council members are your first line of elected officials. They are the ones who make the laws that affect you and your family directly. (I always find it a little discouraging when I hear people say, they aren’t voting this year because there isn’t any one important on the ballot, meaning mayor, Governor or President. The truth is, City Council Members are very important to your city and your vote does count. Very much.)
Send them an email. Show up at a City Council meeting. Support candidates who support an eco-friendly agenda. Let them know that even the littlest of green legislation can make a difference. It’s your voice. It’s your city. And most importantly, it’s your world.
Thanks again, Meg. Important things for us to consider for sure!
Now, friends, I'll be honest. I've been wondering what I need to do to get you all posting your links for this challenge. I'd be willing to bet you're feeling a little like me: blog lazy. I know I've been slacking off on the posting front. We're certainly eating local around here. I've just failed to get my meals posted. I'm wondering about a giveaway? Would that get you posting?
Aha! That's the ticket?! Alrighty then. Here's the deal.
If I get at least 10 links and/or informative comments to this week's challenge post I will do a giveaway. This means you have until Sunday, August 2nd to get your link posted. Remember you can post about anything having to do with local eating. Interview a farmer, visit a CSA, tour a Farmer's Market, make a local meal, post a recipe, can some peaches, grow something in your garden. You decide.
Do something local, post a link or leave a comment if you have no blog, follow the three rules(!!!) and you're in the drawing. If you get another person to visit and link their local food you get an bonus drawing. Just let me know you sent them. They will be entered as well.
Rules for Mr. Linky:
1. Post about something local on your blog.
2. Mention the Go Local challenge and link back here in your post.
3. Link to a specific post...please no home pages...so we can find the posting in six months if you so desire. (and title your link so we know what we're looking for.)