- For me it is about doing the right thing; about being fair and only using my share of the earth’s resources.
- In Native American spirituality (something from which I get a great deal of vision and strength) there is a belief that the world is like a respected family member – it is to be protected and revered. So, I feel it is my responsibility to protect the earth as best I can.
- My computer – because I really need to earn a living… and I learn so much from being on the internet.
- My car – because mass transit is hit and miss where I live, and I’m not in shape enough to ride my bike 20/30 miles through really bad neighborhoods when I want to go visit friends.
- I’m at peace with it. When I decided to be closer to the earth and have land to grow trees and flowers and food, I knew I could only afford to do that if it were outside the city. However, since I don’t have to commute to work it is not nearly as bad as it could be.
- I’d love to be able to go all solar – but there is the cost (and it is high!!!), and it would require cutting down trees, and that would be the toughest thing for me… I love trees.
5. Do you know your carbon footprint for your home? If so, is it larger/smaller than your national average?
- It was about average last time I looked – but I have since taken in a boarder, so I am guessing it is much better than it was. One person living in a house – no matter how little is used in utilities and how little one travels for work or pleasure – really drives the footprint up.
6.What’s eco-frustrating and/or eco-fantastic about where you live?
- Eco- frustrating = the distance from my church and friends/chosen family is further than I would like and requires me to drive longer distances.
- Eco-fantastic = The grocery is a block away. There are small family-owned farms close by. There is lots of land with lots of wildlife close by (I back up to ~100 acres of woods).
7. Do you eat local/organic/vegetarian/forage/grow you own?
- I try and eat local – but don’t do a great job of it. I grow more food every year than I did the previous year – so that is a plus.
8. What do you personally find the most challenging in being green?
- Freezing my buns off during the winter and sweltering in the summer by trying to use as little energy as possible to heat and (almost) none to cool the house. When it is supposed to get really cold my chosen mom often calls me and begs me to turn up the heat – “just for the night.” She is seriously concerned that I will die in my sleep because my thermostat is at 52 degrees and the outside is in the teens.
9. Do you have a green confession?
- I don’t have a compost bin. Often I will take food scraps (no meat) and throw it into the trees at the back of the property – but I don’t have a nice compost bin that produces terrific compost for my garden. There is a compost site seven miles from my house where I can get a truck load of clean compost any time I want for $15 – and that is what I do. Shhhh… don’t tell anyone.
10. Do you have the support of family and/or friends?
- My friends/chosen family thing I’m a little nuts, but they love and support me… mostly.
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