The following post is from Katie of Kitchen Stewardship:
It’s always amazing to me how many different reasons people have for going green.
For me, it started when I read 50 Things Kids Can do to Save the Earth in fourth grade or so. We couldn’t even recycle in my hometown until I was off to college, but I gave it my best shot anyway. My friend and I even weighed everything thrown away in our school cafeteria for a whole week in sixth grade, after coaching the whole school to sort it into food and non-food waste. I kid you not.
Many people get the green bug when they have children, just as that’s the motivation for many a nutritional conversion as well. Children really force you to look at the world through new, over-protective, sleep-deprived and slightly emotional eyes.
You see things you didn’t see before, like dangers in your cleaning supplies, your packaged foods, and your flame retardant pajamas. Others see environmental stewardship as a call from God and still more are just sick of what we humans are doing to the earth and understand their personal responsibility in that.
Even before I knew Green…Your Way was going to be asking you about your favorite green bloggers I was checking with my own to get their fascinating background stories. Some coincidences are just too good to be true!
I ask these green bloggers:
“How did you first get interested in caring for the environment?”
“What’s your motivation to “go green?”
This is what they said…
Beth Terry – My Plastic-Free Life
Before my awakening in 2007, I was a plastic addict. Requesting plastic grocery bags on purpose, buying a new plastic bottle of water at the gym every day, living on frozen plastic-packaged convenience foods and energy bars.
I lived the modern plastic life. Until I didn’t.
In June of 2007, I stumbled across the article and the photo that would change my life. The article was Plastic Ocean, and the photo was of a dead albatross chick, it’s body full of everyday plastic pieces like bottles caps, cigarette lighters, even a toothbrush. And this animal lived nowhere near modern civilization but on Midway Atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from land. Stunned, I realized that my everyday actions could directly affect creatures I hadn’t even known existed. Suddenly, my life had to change.
I committed to living with as little plastic as possible and to research plastic-free alternatives. I created my blog, My Plastic-Free Life, as a way to keep myself on track and to record my discoveries. Each week (now, each month) I collect and tally my own plastic waste. In 2009, I generated just 3.7 pounds — 4% of the national average. And reducing my plastic consumption has not only made me feel better about my life; it’s made me happier as well.
(originally published at Kitchen Stewardship – read the rest here)
Megan Tietz of SortaCrunchy
Although I’ve always been a nature lover at heart, I didn’t begin to enthusiastically pursue environmentally responsible living until late in 2005 when I began cloth diapering our oldest daughter. Through the online world of cloth diapering advocacy, I was introduced to a myriad of easy steps that families can take to move towards treading gently on our Earth.
Now my main motivation for going green has more to do with an earnest desire to care for the magnificent planet that God created for and entrusted to us. Far more than a passing fad, creation care is a way in which I choose to worship God. It is a delight to discover that choosing a lifestyle which seeks the best for God’s creation also happens to be a choice that is best for my family, too.
Joanna of Actual Organics
I first got interested in caring for the environment round about four years old. I grew up on a farm and my father was an enthusiastic teacher of all matters conservation and caring for our earth, I learned that every day is a day I can learn something.
I now have over twenty years experience in food and wellness, I saw it working in my life and knew this was a message that had to be shared, so I set up a business doing just that. I love sharing vital lifestyle skills that empower women to choose health and wellness.
My motivation to go ‘green’ was from traveling and seeing the impact unwise choices have on our health, our planet and consequently our future. I turned my life around from illness to vibrant health and I can honestly say it really works! When you eat right, exercise right and choose right products to nourish your body, you are truly blessed as you get the best possible chance in life.
Donielle of Naturally Knocked Up
My motivation actually had nothing to do with saving the environment, my eyes were still rolling at the fact that my mother made us turn out the lights all the time and wash out recyclables.
Going green for me and my family only stemmed from trying to keep us healthy. Being faced with infertility, I was on the look-out for any product that might hinder the process of conceiving. When we were blessed with a little boy, all of a sudden my eyes were opened wide to the constant use of plastics and chemicals. The over use of energy sources, depleting the world I was leaving for him.
It lit a fire in me, the same as it did to my mother, that in order to keep my family healthy I needed to do what I could to keep our planet healthy.
The health of my family is still forefront in my desire to live “green”, but closely tied to that is my desire to be a good steward of the planet the Lord has given us; taking care of everything in it. I want my children to live in a beautiful world!
Micaela Preston of Mindful Momma
Before I had kids, I wasn’t exactly passionate about doing what was right for the environment. Sure, I recycled but that was about the extent of my environmental activism.
But once I had kids? Well that changed everything. All of a sudden I was buying more stuff than ever, cooking for a growing family and making decisions that impacted much more than just myself. Once I had kids, I felt the need to make the world a better place for them to live.
It started with little things like making my own baby food and giving up bottled water and slowly but surely extended to almost every single decision I make in my life. Not to say that I’m perfectly green (I’m not even close!) but I am very mindful of my choices.
Over time, living simply, healthily and sustainably has become completely ingrained in my life – less of a chore and more of lifestyle. Through my book and my blog, I love to educate and inspire others to live the same way!
Sommer Poquette of Green and Clean Mom
My daughter was four months old and I watched Oprah’s 2007 Earth Day special while folding laundry. I remember a light bulb going on when I realized the blue stuff I sprayed gave me a headache but what about the children?
My home environment from that day forward changed. My motivation was my children to live healthier and safer lives in our own home for a start.
Becky Webb of Our Peaceful Home
My motivation to go green has stemmed from my faith. I am an evangelical Christian and desire to be a good steward of every good and perfect gift that God has given my family and I.
Going green is not only about maintaining our environment so that it is a healthy, beautiful place to live but it is about our own health as well. I continue to be motivated to go green to rid our bodies of toxins and other impurities that wreak havoc on our bodies as much as possible so out so that we can fulfill the plans that God has given us to the best of our ability.
Erin Ely of Ely Organics
When I was in high school, I used to spend a lot of time in the car, driving the back roads, going to the mountains, camping out with my friends. I loved being outdoors and exploring the wide open spaces of the great Southwest.
In my early 20’s I got my first job with the Forest Service then went back to school for a Bachelors degree in Forest Management. I worked full time as a forester, fought fires every summer and spent most of my time outdoors in the great forests of the Pacific Northwest.
In 1990, I had my first child and resigned my position as a Forester, so I could be a full time stay-at-home mom.
My interest in the environment really started in my teen and college years but I become much more passionate about the environment and eating organic when my son was born. The birth of my son took me to a whole different level in regards to my interest in the environment.
Nicole Bennet of Gidget Goes Home
I’ve always cared about the environment to a certain extent, even at a young age, but it wasn’t until I became a mother that I began to really think about removing the toxins from our life and our products.
From there, I began to become more and more passionate about not only the health of our family, but also of our world, and of Creation. It really hit me that I want to be a good steward of all that God has created, and raise my children along that path as well.
Alicia Voorhies of The Soft Landing
My motivation to go green was pretty selfish – I totally started caring about toxic chemicals affecting my kids and THEN graduated to wondering how they affected the environment.
Annie Urban at PhD in Parenting
Caring about the environment has been a gradual thing for me. Recycling is something that was introduced in schools and homes when I was a child and a lot of children of my generation were the ones who influenced their parents to begin recycling.
Some decisions (such as using a stainless steel water bottle instead of buying bottled water or breastfeeding), have been for health, financial and environmental reasons (which makes the rationale that much more compelling).
I don’t know that I have a specific motivation for going green — it is just the right thing to do and makes good sense.
Michele of Frugal Granola
My motivation to “go green” slowly seeped into my life; it wasn’t from an “environmental” perspective necessarily. During a season of an intensive Bible study series with friends, as we prepared to be biblical financial instructors, I began to see the importance of stewardship. I was motivated to honor God in how I stewarded everything He had given me; whether it was money, food, family, or other “stuff.”
As I explored the concept deeper over the years, I learned that in living with concern for others in my responsible stewardship (whether it’s recycling, less purchasing, or supporting fair trade, for example), I can help bless others around the world in generosity.
**all photo sources are from the author’s own websites**
Your turn: Why did you decide to “go green?”
|Katie Kimball is a mom of two who spends a ton of time in the kitchen making real food with whole ingredients and then blogs about her successes and failures at Kitchen Stewardship. She believes everything in life is a gift from God and should be taken care of wisely.|