Alright so several friends have asked me what the hell I’m doing with this blog because, as we’ve discussed, I am literally the last person on Earth to pursue green living. Here are my reasons.
1. Protecting the planet (& our kids future)
I used to ignore news about global warming and the environment because I didn’t know what to do about it. And also because I’m super lazy. However since becoming a mom (I know…), I’m starting to pay closer attention. And some of the stuff has got me like HOLY CRAP.
The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has a good primer on climate change and the various ways it is hurting the environment and endangering our future. Ocean acidification, extreme weather, air pollution, rising seas, and more!
We’re all haunted by the lonely polar bear on a melting ice cap, but do we all understand that the ecosystem we rely on for food, shelter, and stability is in serious jeopardy? As the NRDC points out, the World Economic Forum lists climate change as a bigger global threat than weapons of mass destruction. That’s some serious sh*t!
And then there’s the giant patch of plastic garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I’m going to be talking about this A LOT.
2. It’s good for your health
Toxins are toxic – duh! And the reality is that many of the products we consume – from pesticide-laden food to plastics – contain chemicals that are harmful to our bodies as well as the environment.
I’ll admit that this is one area where I have been particularly carefree in the past, taking the approach of “Hey! I don’t eat organic food and I’m still alive!” But studies show that these chemicals are harmful to our health, and the more that I’m learning, the more ready I am to take a different approach.
Despite being in pretty much everything these days, plastics can contain carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. You may remember a few years ago when BPA (Bisphenol-A) was in the news because it could be found in many baby products including bottles — despite its link to birth defects and cancer.
And it doesn’t stop with BPA — there are plenty of other additives in plastics that we can avoid by going green.
3. It’s easier than you think
Alright, enough with the bad stuff. My last reason for going green is a hopeful one: it’s not that hard, you guys! I may have just started, but I’m already ready to consume smarter and less to protect our future. And if this stressed out mom with 2 kids under 2 can try to do better, then maybe so can you.
From using reusable bottles and bags to wearing clothes made out of natural fibers, there are plenty of ways that we can do our part for a healthier environment. That’s what this blog is all about!
I’m looking forward to learning more and sharing tips with you. What are your reasons to go green?