My June 21 post elicited more comments than anything since my last picture of an adorable grandchild. Thanks to all of you who validated my sense that there's an urge for each of us to tell our environmental stories to one another and find validation that what we're doing is meaningful. We are everywhere!
Jaykaym in Washington, D.C. suggested I watch the a documentary, "No Impact Man." I read about the filmmaker in the New York Times couple of years ago when we still lived there. "Guy is writing a book," I said to spouse. Otherwise why would you challenge your spouse to climb four flights of stairs in an NYC walk-up and schlep a two-year old, a dog, and packages at the same time. Too much hubris. I want to know how the family's no-impact efforts continue in their everyday life. He does have a blog by the same name. It's worth following for its detailed focus on possible citizen environmental actions.
Hattie at her web acknowledges that some times ideas from another culture, Japanese soapdish from berry box, may not work elsewhere. Readers in exotic lands like Hawaii now have a new way to grow orchids!
Kay in Ohio joins the keep-using-them club around plastic bags. Have to find out what Freda in Scotland means about "the 50mls round trip." Berry box as bath toy might work with grandkids who, unlike mine, enjoy low key bath times.
Darlene in Arizona wonders if her efforts are enough. It's not "tiny," Darlene. Only seems that way because the environmental movement, the U.S. government, your neighbors have not discovered ways to form community around small, individual steps.
How I envy Anne in Washington (the state). I live in an apartment; outdoor clothes drying not an option. Sigh.
Beth Reid, a neighbor of mine here in Portland, Oregon, offered a good idea about buying the net bags--much less spendy than mine from Whole Foods! Another neighbor wondered if our retirement community might not buy biodegradeable bags in bulk that residents could then purchase at modest cost.
Interesting "papier-mache/wooden berry boxes" idea from m.e. (Xtreme English) in Washington, D.C. environs. Could only find these wooden ones which could take a lot of re-use. Maybe Beth knows where we can get a dozen of them...talk our neighbors into starting a mini-trend at nearby Farmers Market.
Why does everything seem more sensible in Canada? Marja-Leena Rathje in British Columbia reminds me how I always wonder why the U.S. is not more open to what we might learn. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation long a favorite of mine.
Surprise from Joared in Southern California: she's blogging again! And takes the prize for being a "do everything" approach to improving the universe through personal effort.
Two days later Carrie Sturrock in the Oregonian seemed to be reading my mind. She writes a Friday column, PDX Green. "Changing Minds, One Step at a Time" was her theme. Her model was the impressive effort made by Portland's Williamette Pedestrian Coalition to move its office on foot (by foot?) via an informal parade of walkers. Yes, this city is a great place for those of us not on bicycle...more later.
[Food poster at the top of the page from a link at Marion Nestle's blog, Food Politics. Pennsylvania promoted these ideas during World War One.]