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Green Living

Inspiration and fresh ideas for how to live as a sustainable family.

5 green living article submissions by the Mothering community.

When to Let Go - Balloon Launch Activism

    What do you do when your knowledge and beliefs collide with those of your child's school? Do you prevent your child from participating? Do you compromise? Do you use it as an opportunity to educate people?     I've been called a rabble rouser, an activist and an educator. I think deeply about things, I enjoy research and I enjoy sharing my research and thoughts with others. I like to plant a seed and wait for it to grow. I especially enjoy engaging in dialogue and finding common ground and compromise. When the conversations go well, we both come away... read more

Hands Across the Sand in North Wildwood, New Jersey

by Jake Aryeh Marcus Find Sustainable Mothering on Facebook and Jake on Twitter. Hands Across the Sand is a movement with a simple message: NO to offshore oil drilling, YES to clean energy. In the literal wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, there seems no better time to join hands at the waters’ edge in solidarity with others who wish to protect the world’s oceans. I am spending a few weeks with my family at the New Jersey shore. Knowing a Hands Across the Sand event was planned for yesterday, my eldest son and protest buddy... read more

Boycotting BlogHer Because I Boycott Nestle

by Jake Aryeh Marcus Find Sustainable Mothering on Facebook and Jake on Twitter. Not long after I first started using Twitter, there was a great deal of Tweeting about BlogHer ‘09. It sounded like the place everybody who was a female blogger wanted to be. There was controversy – something about “swag,” excessive freebies that made people look and feel all cheap and whore-y. But I joined BlogHer, saw that I would never be able to get into the advertising network (it is full up for pretty much ever) and hoped I would get to the next BlogHer conference and... read more

Fifteenth Way for Dads to Change the World: Green Your School

By Jeremy Adam Smith Deborah Moore is the founder and director of the Green Schools Initiative, and she helps schools around California to become more sustainable. She mostly ends up working with moms on forming committees and organizing events, "but it’s not only moms," says Deborah. "Dads are involved with facility projects, bike-to-school day, planting school gardens." In other words, dads seem to like to do stuff-- to get their hands dirty, nail wood together, ride their bikes. That's pretty consistent with everyone's comfortable gender stereotypes, but... read more

Introduction: Twenty-Five Ways for Dads to Change the World

By Jeremy Adam Smith Once upon a time, I rode a bike instead of driving to work, because that seemed better for the sky and the earth—not to mention my health. I read the newspaper every day and I voted in every election. I joined our friends in marching for peace in the Middle East and for gay and lesbian equality, even though I’m as straight as a ruler. And it goes without saying that my wife and I enjoyed a habitually egalitarian relationship. Of course she worked and I worked. Of course we shared housework. Of course we talked through all decisions that... read more

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