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What is Greenwashing?
From Fast to Fair Fashion
Explore Widely, Tread Lightly
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9 Ways Small Business Can Reduce Carbon Emissions
Fair Trade or Direct Trade?
Amazon + Whole Foods Changing the Industry and Local Producers
#MeToo…On Building a Better Workplace
Patagonia, REI and Other Outdoor Retailers Push Back Against Trump’s Decision on Bears Ears
Towards Zero Waste Business
Need some good environmental news? I know I do. And y’all will like this one, cause it’s about plastic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A couple weeks ago, a new bill was introduced called the ♻️ Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act ♻️ (emojis not included). Yes, it is as good as it sounds! It does several important things: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ DEVELOPS A 10 CENT CONTAINER DEPOSIT SYSTEM ♻️ This means when you buy cans, bottles, & other beverage containers, you can return them for a dime a pop. We love La Croix in my house, so that means each dozen returned is $1.20 back in our pockets. This program is extremely popular in the states that currently run it & their recycling has increased dramatically. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ BANS NON-RECYCLABLES ♻️ Say bye bye to nasty plastic bags, styrofoam to-go containers, & single-use plastics. Don’t worry, alternatives exist that will still serve these functions, but they’ll be responsibly recycled or composted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PUTS THE RESPONSIBILITY ON FEDERAL AGENCIES ♻️ Never again will we be scratching our heads over what can be recycled & what can’t. This bill makes recycling universal throughout the country & also develops plans to recycle those weird in-between things like fishing gear & e-cigarettes. Can I get a hell yeah?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TACKLES POLLUTION IN AFFECTED COMMUNITIES ♻️ In case you’re unaware, plastic production facilities & incinerators pump out pollution that affects the people living near these places. This bill would hit pause on facilities under investigation for these issues & tackle pollution for neighborhoods affected. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This bill does much more but this is getting long, so I suggest going to @greenamerica_’s article (linked in bio) to learn more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ SHOW YOUR SUPPORT ♻️ Call your rep to tell them that you support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act! The link in bio provides a nice little script if you’re like me & get phone call jitters. You can email if you prefer, but calls are more likely to be heard than emails in this scenario. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Are you as excited for this lil nugget of good news as I am?! ✨
There are so many climate futures between “doomed” and “fine”. . Yes, we only have 10 years left to avert the worst of the climate crisis. But do you know how long 10 years is? It took just 8 years for humans to walk on the moon after JFK announced we would do so. Four years after the first sit in, the civil rights act of 1964 passed. Do you know the common thread among them? With enough political will, we can overcome any obstacle. Who decides that political will? We do. The everyday people who say enough is enough. All it takes is a redirection of priorities. And the fastest way we can redirect those priorities is by putting someone in office who will pass a Green New Deal. . Today, I marched, chanted, & sang alongside fellow Sunrisers. We, the people of @sunrisetlh, demand Rep. Al Lawson to co-sponsor the #GreenNewDeal. . There are so many futures between “doomed” and “fine.” Let’s write one.
Sometimes I wish time would move slower. Every time I go out on an adventure, whether local or far, the time always slips right past me like sand in-between my fingers. Why can’t it just slow down a few seconds, minutes, anything, just to hold it close a moment longer. It never does though. And as time marches on, I tend to forget. But every once in a while, I’ll hear a song, or smell something familiar, & deja vu will snap me back to the past & the present at the same time. Most of the time I can’t recognize the memory, but I can always recognize the feeling. It feels like home.
Hello! So happy to see all the new faces around here. Allow me to introduce myself: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My name is Mary Meade and I care deeply about sustainability, the outdoors, and environmental justice. I'm a cat mom, house plant lover, chronic adventurer, and sustainability nerd. I name all my plants and most of the wild animals I meet, but best of all I *terribly* freestyle about my cat, to my cat. Her name is Tushy and she's so old I don't think she cares. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am a writer and social media strategist by trade, but a climate activist by necessity. I do get spunky on here when it comes to environmental justice, but that's cause our planet is in crisis & the powers that be don't give a damn. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last summer I solo road tripped around the southeast USA to challenge myself & get out of my bubble. I've been hunkered down in Florida for the winter, keeping my adventures local, while I prep for the next big thing. 😉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you've been hanging here a while or just followed my account today, TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF! Let’s get to know each other. ✨
I’ve got nothin’ against winter, but I could reaaally use one of those sunny-summer-adventure-seekin’-road-trippin’ days right about now. Or, y’know, a week. Anyone else? 🙋🏻♀️ . . Photo from my last leg of driving back home after 6 weeks on livin’ & lovin’ on the road. It’s real ugly & I’m sporting stank clothes & a greasy head, but boy, was I happy.
Look at this bleached shrimp head & litter I found along the beach! Did you know that okay now that you've clicked more, take action on this super important piece of outdoor advocacy: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ NEPA 🌿 The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a bedrock legislation that 1) gives us a voice in how our public lands are used, and 2) forces the government to detail pros & cons based on scientific research for projects on said land. It essentially serves as red tape to protect the outdoors from destructive industrial projects. If you want to learn more, I highly suggest you read "What is NEPA?" from @outdooradvocacy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ WHAT'S AT STAKE 🌿 The EPA has suggested a revision to NEPA that would cut this red tape by stifling our voice and eliminating the requirement to review a project’s "cumulative effects"—aka, how that project will contribute to climate change. In this scenario, a new pipeline can be built without our consent & without considering its affect on the climate crisis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ WHO BENEFITS 🌿 extractive industries, like fossil fuels, & others that have a big impact on the environment. Under the proposed revision, they can develop public lands faster & right under our noses. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ WHO DOESN’T 🌿 People who enjoy outdoor recreation, hikers, climbers, fishermen, kayakers, the climate, wildlife, Indigenous folx, marginalized communities that will be the first affected by pollution, you & me...need I go on? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ WHAT YOU CAN DO 🌿 @outdooralliance has a nice & easy form to submit a comment on their website. Find it in my bio & watch my story to see how easy it is! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Show some 💛 for our lands by letting me know you signed in the comments!
I walked on the beach in shorts this weekend, yet it’s gonna be 30° F tonight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Some call it bipolar weather, but I think it’s the best of both worlds.
What gives you courage? We hear a lot about hope in the face of adversity. The climate crisis is one of those things that proliferates despair and the antidote to dispair is hope...right? But if hope really were the cure, wouldn't we have solved the climate crisis years ago? If hope were enough to spring us into action, wouldn't we be well on our way to carbon neutrality? Hope has put us in a place of inaction. It’s made us put our strength in others, *hoping* they will be enough to save us. But the word courage? Now that carries strength. It carries resolve. It says, I'm here to act, to BRING light to the darkness, to stand up and fight for what I believe in, even in the face of despair. So instead of hope, I ask you, what gives you courage?
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