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Green Meme #1

October 25, 2008

Two memes in one week? Yes. I have to admit to having a soft spot for memes.* I always like to read other blogger’s memes because it gives me a concise peak into certain aspects of themselves. It is a natural assumption that many of you will also like to read my memes, but that could be a false assumption.

I really like this one because it is a meme that is solely about being green and I’m kind of passionate about that!

I was tagged by Mon at Holistic Mama.

Guidelines:
1) Link to Green Meme Bloggers.
2) Link to whoever tagged you.
3) Include meme number.
4) Include these guidelines in your post.
5) Answer questions.
6) Tag 3 other green bloggers.

Green Meme #1

1) Name two motivations for being green?
I believe that we are to be good stewards of what we have, whether it be our earth and resources or our money. Being a good steward, to me, means that we use things wisely, don’t waste and live as lightly as possible.

Living a greener lifestyle is great for one’s health. You aren’t exposed to so many chemicals, you will likely move your body more and eat a better diet.

2) Name 2 ecoUNfriendly items you refuse to give up?
Our family vehicle. I don’t think that we live in a place or time that it is feasibly to give up our family vehicle. I would really like to have a smaller family vehicle, but we aren’t in the position to get one right now.

Coffee. I think that coffee is the most frequently consumed luxury item that I indulge in. I drink it every day and that’s a lot of travel and resources for a beverage.

3) Are you at peace with or do you feel guilty about number 2?
I’m at peace for the most part. Like I said, I would like to get a smaller vehicle in the future. I feel some guilt at the fact that I don’t walk as much to local errands and I should get better about that.

I’m also at peace with my coffee consumption. I buy sustainably, shade grown coffee from a local purveyor. I buy green beans in bulk and roast myself, so that decreases the packaging and travel resources.

4) What are you willing to change but feel unable to/stuck with/unsure how to go about it?
I would really like to use our home’s grey water, but I’m unsure how to retrofit a home to do it.

5) Do you know your carbon footprint for your home? If so, is it larger/smaller than your national average?
(http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator/)
Yes, it is much smaller than the national average. According to the above calculator, our household carbon footprint is 39 tons of CO2 per year and the average US household of five is 130 tons of CO2 per year.

6) What’s eco-frustrating and/or eco-fantastic about where you live?
The eco-fantastic thing about where I live is that we have a vibrant and growing local food movement. There are two CSA’s in our smallish town and a raw cow dairy, several raw goat milk suppliers and many meat farmers. There are also lots of small farms that produce fruits and nuts and we have quite a few u-pick farms around. I wish that we had locally grown grains available. We also have a fairly moderate climate which means that things can grow all year round. There is definitely far fewer things that will grow in the winter, but some things do grow!

The eco-frustrating thing is that our local mode of transportation is geared towards vehicles. I would love to see more cyclists on the road and better accommodations for cyclists. I don’t feel comfortable biking with my three children, which is why I am stuck walking or driving.

7) Do you eat local/organic/vegetarian/forage/grow your own?
Yes to all of the above. I try to eat local, organic first and foremost, but if that isn’t an option I will generally opt for local over organic. I forage a bit, but not much. I do typically grow a good sized garden, but not this past year. I rely on my CSA share for the bulk of our produce. I buy all of our milk from a local raw source and all of our meat from a local source. I don’t eat a vegetarian diet, because ultimately I feel better eating meat, we have excellent local sources and I think that it is a more sustainable diet to eat this way. If we didn’t have access to local, pastured meat, I would opt for a vegetarian lifestyle, however.

8) What do you personally find the most challenging in being green?
I think the most challenging thing is that it generally requires more time and that is something that can be in short supply when there are so many things that one wants to do and so many things that one needs to do. Raising and homeschooling three children, running a business and a home already consume a lot of time.

9) Do you have a green confession?
I guess my biggest green confession is that my family vehicle is a big van which gets only about 16 mpg and we also have a large diesel truck for our business, but we do run bio-diesel in that one. Other than that, I can’t think of anything. I may come back and edit this if I do remember something.

10) Do you have the support of family and/or friends?
I’m sure that there are the family and friends out there who think we do some weird things, but they keep that to themselves. Overall I would say that my friends and most of my family is very supportive. My husband and children are very willing to try new things and my two oldest children remind me to do things that are eco-friendly like not taking a bag at the store for a few items if I’ve forgotten my cloth one or to recycle something that they think I might not recycle. My extended family doesn’t really live close-by, so it’s hard to tell if somebody is really supportive when they don’t experience my greenness in person for the most part. So, I guess I can say they are supportive of the theory of what I do! I am lucky to have many like-minded friends who inspire me in ways that I haven’t thought of and make me feel great when I inspire them to do things they haven’t though of doing.

I’m tagging:

Angeleen at Lucky Seven Cat Ranch because she just tagged me this week
Adriana because I’m interested to see her answers; I know she is green, but lives a very different lifestyle than me

Since I’ve already tagged some other people this week, I’m going to leave it at two.

*I will also admit to having a soft spot for quizzes and tests in general. Yes, I was one of those weird ones in school.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mon permalink
    October 25, 2008 6:19 pm

    Wow, your house carbon footprint is brilliant.

    I hear ya about the coffee too.

  2. Evelyn permalink
    October 27, 2008 1:24 pm

    I not only support you in your efforts, but I have learned a lot from you along the way. I still keep trying to add more ways (even if they are small ways) to change things. I also admire you immensely for all that you do, have accomplished and are willing to share with others so they too can learn. Mom

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