I love this.
One of my favorite blogs is Openly Balanced. I read there today that Hip Mountain Mama is having a super cool to-do from January to Earth Day. That blog is encouraging people to make one small change a month and blog about it, and then have a big round up blog-up on Earth Day.
I love love love how the blogging community works. People you don’t know, people you probably would never know, making a difference. Pointing out the good stuff. Guiding like minds.
Are you a like mind? Wanting to make a difference, but maybe feeling overwhelmed at all that needs to be done to stop the runaway trains named Peak Oil and Climate Change (or Melting Icebergs, or Overfilled Landfills, or whatever your trains might be named.)
It’s scary. But if we band together, a skill bloggers have in spades, we can make a difference.
I found out about this late, but I’d already made a change in January.
My first small change is to change my produce buying habits. I’m used to buying whatever is on sale without real thought to when or where it was (or should have been) grown. Since I’m not far from Mexico, tomatoes are often on sale in the winter. Red peppers and pineapple are being offered at my local grocery store, where outside it’s 15 degrees if the sun is down and snow is on the ground.
It doesn’t take a whole lot of thought to understand that something isn’t right about that.
So my first small change, one I plan on carrying through the year and really for ever, is to do two things:
1. Buy seasonally.
2. Buy produce grown in the Western US.
I’d love to shop only locally. That can’t happen until we move, unless we start eating a diet that consists nearly entirely of alfalfa and apples until we get a garden going. There isn’t any real local food grown in Nevada. When we move to Washington, we’ll be updating part two of this small change.
What about you? Are you up for one small change. Will you share it?