when we heal the earth, we heal ourselves. david orr

Alicia on The Mike Nowak Show

Chicago horticulture expert Mike Nowak invited me on his radio show to discuss Earth Hour. LISTEN HERE. I'm about 3/4 of the way into the recording.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Beginning

This is the beginning. My first blog.

I'm starting 2009 with a new view — a greener view, and I hope you'll join me. It's about time we all started taking responsibility for our plastic water bottles and paper towels — all the frivolous waste that ends up in the middle of nowhere called the North Pacific Gyre. I admit I was the average offender, not thinking twice about the end of the line for my milk cartons and plastic bags.

Lesson One: there is no end. Plastic doesn't biodegrade, it photodegrades — which means that while over time plastic may break apart, it doesn't break down into harmless particles that are recycled in Mother Nature. It just fractures into smaller, toxic particles. What this means: All the plastic our genius minds have ever created in the history of mankind is still out there, and all the millions of pounds of new plastic we'll create this year will only add to the problem. If you're feeling a little guilty, that's good. That's where change begins. That's where it started for me. I'm creating this blog to document my transition to a green lifestyle. I've got a lot to learn, but I'm excited for the adventure and I intend on recruiting others along the way.

If you're interested in joining me, start by reading this story and recycling your plastic bags.

Plastic Bags Are Killing Us

1 comment:

Antonio said...

Kudos! It's great you've decided to make 2009 the start of conscious choices + considerate living. I have a TON of great resources/links for you from working at Firebelly.

Some books to get you started include:

Blessed Unrest

Change The World: 9 to 5

and

365 Ways To Change The Earth

I can't wait to read more about your progress. Good luck!

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