Thursday, October 15, 2009

eco lover & fighter

It's Blog Action Day [Night] 2009. This year's focus is Climate Change, and Eco Women has asked, What are we doing about it?

I have to admit, as I do most days in my teaching job, I am not Science Girl; I don't thoroughly understand all of the details of ozone depletion & global warming. I do, however, understand that most of the things I do in my life will have some kind of impact on this world and try to act accordingly (meaning, in a responsible way).

Other than the obvious and remarkably easy - at least in our granola-oriented Pacific Northwest - recycling of paper, plastic, metal, and glass, our family tries to resuse or repurpose items as often as possible; I am easily recognized in two local Goodwills and my students always ask about "new" clothing, shoes, or classroom decor, "Garage sale or thrift store, Mrs. S?"

I also try to create a small environmental footprint by driving an efficient car [not minivan] as little as possible, or by carpooling. When in Portland, I always take advantage of the MAX trains; I know they are doing our air good, and I feel so very cosmopolitan.

And now, I have succumbed to the lure of the iPhone in the name of eco-friendliness. I no longer have to write myself dozens of sticky notes with reminders and phone numbers and e-mails, and I can surrender my paper datebook! Ah, I am feeling so much freer already...


I call my iLover Jude.
Thank you for helping me save the Earth, darling.

4 comments:

Shana said...

I have no doubt that Jude will make the world a better place.

Jen on the Edge said...

You're so much better about hitting the Goodwill than I am. And we even have two nice ones in my town.

phd in yogurtry said...

thrift store shoppers unite! we drove to one the other day, my daughter skulked, "it's so embarrassing going into thrift stores!"

she wasn't so embarrassed when she found three pairs of skinny jeans (two old navy and one abercrombie, or was that aeropostale). three pairs for less than the price of one! yee haw.

Lisa said...

I am a wee bit jealous. I noticed that he didn't bathe with you the other night. I suppose that's safer, isn't it?

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