Here’s how to help the planet on Earth Day 2018: Commit to Buying Woman Made & Woman Owned. Support eco-friendly women owned businesses with your dollars and your word of mouth advertising. Increase sustainability and women’s share of world trade. Studies show that when the resources are directed toward the women, everyone and Mother Earth benefits.
Sales act like micro-credit loans:
That don’t have to be paid back
That provide consistent yields and self-sufficiency
That allow women to invest in our lives, communities, and businesses according to our priorities
Supporting and investing in women’s priorities will change our world in good and sustainable ways
“Investment in women drives social change, leading to economic prosperity in communities. That’s called the ‘women effect’. It’s very much an extension of socially responsible investing.” Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Dallas Women’s Foundation.
The photo to the left shows Chipko Women in Northern Uttar Pradesh, India, in 1994 hugging a tree to protect it from being cut down. These women started a movement that helped to save the world. Thank you Max Dashu via Pamela Singh for the image of women’s strength and commitment.
Happy Earth Day 2018! It’s taken us 5,000 years to come full circle, to see women’s role as central to civilization again, to re-turn to sustainability, peaceful coexistence with Mother Earth and each other — we are post-patriarchy now. Watch us rise!
I think we have all been trying to reduce waste, especially plastic waste for sometime now. Some of our local laws have helped us in this direction by prohibiting grocery outlets handing out free plastic bags that end up in the ocean (and in our seafood), in trees, and in already pushed to the limit landfills.
The awareness of plastic straws is currently in the forefront and we are glad for that education too. I found bamboo straws for sale at our healthy food store. Keeping a few of these in our car will be a big help! Along with glass and ceramic food containers for meals to-go.
Here are more simple ways to reduce waste and help your environment:
Buy “Ugly” Fruits & Veggies — They are often the tastiest!
Agriculture is a major driver of climate change, accounting for more than 20% of overall global greenhouse gas emissions. Between 30 and 40% of food produced around the world is never eaten. It is spoiled after harvest, during transportation, and/or thrown away by food stores and consumers. That’s us! We can help prevent waste and curb climate change by “cleaning our plates,” and buying only what our families will eat each week, deeply reducing food waste and the greenhouse gasses it produces.
Most of us shop weekly either at food stores or farmers markets. This requires us to estimate how much food we ourselves, or our family, will eat in a week. We can make better use of our freezers by packaging the greens that remain in our produce bins into a glass jar for soup the following week. This could include things like onion and garlic peels, veggie stems, etc. All these micro-nutrient rich food stuffs that contribute to “garbage” in landfills and climate change could be contributing to our overall health!
Reduce Animal Waste & Eat Vegetarian. We must also address the environmental impact of factory farming. Did you know that agribusiness, industrial food, and large scale farming systems are the major cause of man-made global warming. Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), contribute directly to global warming by releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere—more than the entire global transportation industry. The air at some factory farm test sites in the U.S. is dirtier than in America’s most polluted cities.
Freezing in glass jars is easy if you leave the lid on the counter until the contents has frozen. Leaving the jar lid on the counter, in plain sight, helps you to remember to put the lid on the jar in the freezer.later. Better soups, more nutritious broths and sauces, and we feel we are contributing in yet another way to improve our environment and reduce the effects of climate change on our own communities and those around the world.
“Ugly” or misshapen foods are healthy, nutritious, and sometimes more delicious — especially if a sunspot/sun kissed spot is what makes it “ugly.” I find this to be true especially with fruits such as apricots, nectarines, apples an plumbs, even grapes. The best tasting are the ones kissed by the sun! Keeping these foods out of landfills is a most important effort being carried out by forward thinking folks around the world. The land, water, and human effort it takes to grow all food is to be respected. Have fun with ugly foods, and teach children to appreciate the efforts it takes to grow nutritious foods.
I’ve noticed that some American women over 90 are holding on to the outdated behavior and belief that “A lady always leaves a bit of food on her plate.” In India this would be an insult to the cook — and indeed an insult to Mother Earth everywhere! It’s time for all of us to shop for, cook, and help ourselves to only as much food as we plan to ingest — and clean our plates — no matter our age!
Reducing food waste is not a focus of governments at the moment, so we must pick up this effort as a personal and family ethic. It snowed in Rome this week. Climate Change is effecting us all, and will take all of us to turn it around.
Mother Nature probably has a plant of some kind to balance every microbe problematic to humans and other species. Our foremothers were scientists. I call their ancient science and knowledge of Nature, “matriscience,” because it has been followed in continuum from matriarchal times to modern times. And we benefit from all that herbal and plant wisdom today as Mother Nature’s Antibiotics.
Antibiotics are expected to heal us of stronger and stronger viruses, bacterias and molds — ones created by the very unnatural antibiotics invented or developed by the science I call “patriscience” — the science of greed and other patriarchal and corporate priorities.
Thanks to today’s herbalists and healers, we have the benefits of learned and instinctual wisdom. Here is a list of Nature’s antibiotics, some will surprise you!
Garlic (I learned recently that we should peel and smash each garlic section, then wait about ten minutes to let the medicinal aspects develop before cooking. Have any of you heard this too?)
Goldenseal (My favorite goldenseal tincture blend is Zand’s Ensure)
Licorice (This is such a nice sweetener to add to teas)
Aloe Vera (I didn’t know this was antibiotic, but this may be why it is so healing for wounds!)
Coconut Oil (Monolaurin is sourced from coconut and is a natural TamaFlu Antibiotic. It comes in Capsules)
Tea Tree Essential Oil (Can be fatal for cats, so use with caution if you have any.)
Tumeric (Fermented Tumeric is good too.)
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (organic)
Ginger (Have you ever smelled the flower that comes from the ginger plant? Beautiful!)
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Oregano (Capsules or Essential Oil)
Honey (of course! it is the Bees’ medicine:)
Cinnamon (One of the Essential Oils used in “Thieves” formula used in Europe in the Middle Ages to protect folks from the plague. Some folks who used essential oils in their work were immune to the plague and stole the belongings of the afflicted.)
And here’s some new info: : A class of antibiotics recently discovered by patriscience and made by soil-dwelling microbes may kill deadly superbugs — bacteria that no longer succumb to known pharmaceutical drugs. Mother Nature’s got us covered every time.
I do think we are wise to work with a learned herbalist or functional medicine doctor who know about the interactions of plants and the bacterias and viruses we want to kill and the ones we want to grow in our gut and brain. This is a new avenue of medical science that most MDs have not caught up with yet. The gut “biome” has been found to have the same bacteria as our brain biome. Isn’t that an amazing thing.
We never knew we had good bacteria in our brain before, but it makes matri sense. Our brain needs to stay healthy too. And, if we have leaky gut, where our gut lining is allowing food and protein particles into our bloodstream, we most likely have a leaky blood brain barrier too, allowing these same particles into our brain. We are getting closer to solving a lot of disease mechanisms that have to date been a mystery to modern science. Just in time for all the Baby Boomers scheduled for Alzheimers. Full circle medicine – matriarchy to patriarchy — and Matriarchy wins! Bee well:)
The Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) was at the G20 meeting this month and sends us a lot of good news from around the world.
Women cover themselves as they make their way through the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad, India, June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash
“All G20 countries have committed to promote gender equality through adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Meaningful climate action needs to tackle gender inequality and contribute to promoting, respecting and fulfilling all human rights. Women must play a critical role in addressing climate change, and barriers to unequal engagement and opportunities be overcome, through collaborative efforts of men and women.” CARE International on G20 and Climate Resilience
In many countries, there tends to be a disparity between sexes: women’s roles are often carers and providers of food and water, and they have a lack of access to resources and decision-making power, making them particularly at risk. In both the U.N. Development Program Gender Equality Index and the World Economic Forum Gender Gap Index, there are no G20 countries among the top five most gender equal.
With regard to the countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions – which outline each country’s contribution to the Paris Agreement – only Mexico devotes a specific section on gender and climate change, with Brazil, India and Indonesia at least mentioning gender. The other G20 countries fail to address gender in their National Data Collections. Thus, there is definitely more work ahead.
WEDO is a global advocacy organization established in 1991 by former U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug (1920-1998) and feminist activist and journalist Mim Kelber (1922-2004). It grew out of an extraordinary group of women, including Bella and Gloria Steinem, who started Women USA in 1979, and became the organization it is today through the vision of WEDO pioneers, Wangari Maathai, Vandana Shiva, Thais Corral, and many others. In 2011, WEDO celebrated its official 20th anniversary!
Don’t Believe in Climate Change? Take a Trip to Vanuatu – This series of photos shows you how climate change is impacting many in the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, and why women, who are closer to the affects of climate change should participate in developing solutions for their community to cope with climate change.
With a Touch of Paint, Women Slum Dwellers Battle Extreme Heat – India’s women slum dwellers used to suffer from summer heat. Now with a program that paints slum dwellers’ roofs with reflective white paint and trains women with other techniques that reduce reliance on firewood, women slum dwellers are equipped with the knowledge to cope with climate change and its impacts.
Namibia: Rural Women Want Better Govt Service – Lack of access to potable water and proper healthcare are just two of the major issues rural women face in Namibia. At this year’s session of the fifth rural women’s parliament with men held under the theme ‘Parliament gives a voice to rural women and men on the Sustainable Development Goals’, the report demands more government support for rural women is sent to the National Council.
Education, a Building Block for Sustainable Peace – Two-thirds of all illiterate adults in the world are women, and more than 260 million children and young people are out of school. Access to education often has a trickle-down effect, helping boost food, health, economic security, and gender equality, all of which are also essential Sustainable Development Goals.
Shahida Khatun at the solar-powered primary health centre in Birsing char in Assam. Credit: PARI/Ratna Bharali Talukdar
Women and girls from every region of the world
are creating a mass movement for climate justice.
The Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice is a global campaign organized collectively by a group of regionally diverse women’s rights and feminist organizations brought together by the urgent need for just action on climate change.
Launched on July 14th 2015, the campaign aims to encourage actions from women’s groups, feminist initiatives and allied organizations in all regions, countries, cities and communities around the world as well as coordinated actions. WEDO has played a central role in organizing and facilitating the campaign as both a partner organization and member of the coordinating committee.
Well, we certainly need Feminism on this Earth Day 2017! Eco-Feminists have long made the connection between the oppression of women and earth’s degradation and resource exploitation. Earth Day Eco-Feminism is an important and essential part of the Climate Change Solution. As we say at Green Woman Store:
“Green Women make informed choices and negotiate outcomes that balance biodiversity, conservation, and human development needs”
Chipko Women in India saving their trees from logging. “Chipko” means “to hug.” Eco-Feminists Extraordinaire!
“Women are responding to climate change not only as mothers and nurturers, but also as economic producers. It is important to actively and consciously keep women’s relational perspectives alive, we bring a more qualitative, humanist, and ecological approach. Women are taking leadership roles in many grassroots, regional, national and international initiatives.”
Many peoples of the world see terrorism and the “war on terror” as a global struggle between extremist forms of Islam and Christianity. Women are targeted, victimized, and used as fighters. Religious extremism should not take center stage.
Indigenous Peoples have been at the forefront of bringing ecological consciousness and our connection to nature into the climate conversation, and they need to be supported. Bolivian and Peruvian Indigenous Women’s Groups say:
“Change the System, Not the Climate.” You can’t talk about climate policies without looking at the economic system.”
Poor women are especially effected by natural disasters due to poverty and the lack of infrastructure and resources to respond to crises. Cultural norms, clothing restrictions, and traditions victimize women who are not able to relocate as easily as men.
Most of the world’s farmers are women but we don’t necessarily own the land.
Health issues in other countries are related to pesticides manufactured and banned in the U.S.
Climate Change has different effects on different populations, especially women and coastal and island nations.
Land based people have a greater eco-consciousness but are losing it to technology.
Proselytizing among vulnerable communities is controversial and raises moral and ethical issues.
There’s a lot of greenwashing by corporations. Women’s groups keep the real issues in the forefront.
Communities and countries should become self sufficient and not have to depend on external aid.
1/3 of the world’s population do not have access to clean water.
The Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins, funded by David Koch, downplays the dangers and global impact of human activity and fossil fuel extraction on climate change.
There are enough resources for everyone. We need a global ethic that connects us to each other. We have to pull together to address these issues for planetary survival.
Here’s a little bit more about Asoka, one of our global woman warriors for the earth: Dr. Bandarage is an Author, Researcher, and Policy Analyst. She has most recently authored “Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.” Asoka believes that social science and universal ethics – combined – give us perspective, deep and comprehensive enough, to bring about the partnership of humanity necessary to solve the climate crisis and broader challenges of human and planetary survival.
Asoka’s areas of interest include: women and gender studies, multiculturalism, peace and security, South Asia, Sri Lanka, population and ecology.
Dr. Ashoka Bandarage has devoted her scholarly career to environmental sustainability, and studying and teaching how social science can advance human well-being. Dr. Bandarage has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Georgetown, American, Mount Holyoke where she received tenure, and other universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.
As we say at GreenWomanStore.com: “Increasing market access for women promotes sustainability, for when the resources return to the women, everyone benefits.” So, shop woman-made and support female owned businesses on Earth Day and every day!
We have great reason to be proud! The Women’s March on Washington DC was in deed the largest march in U.S. and world history. Sixty nations participated in this march, and five to six million world citizens came out to speak truth to power. Herstory was made on that day, January 21, 2017. It is the beginning when we begin again what has been a 5,000 year old effort by women to bring peace and justice to our world.
Women Rising around the world as leaders to resist climate ignorance and the oppression of women and citizens by nation states globally. What a wonderful display of human integrity and strength.
“Any issue which affects women globally,” says Kenyan entrepreneur Ritah Mutheu, “affects women everywhere.” But, she says, “We want to also tell the government, to impart a message that anytime a politician decides a policy that violates women or human rights, women will not take it. We will rise up and fight against it.”
Lima, Peru: Focusing on the 2016 U.S. presidential election with a strategy to open “the Pandora’s box of hatred.” This is not a rally about Peru, though Lima saw a massive outpouring of women rallying for their rights this past August, at a protest that drew thousands and clogged the streets of Peru’s capital.
Nairobi, Kenya: Focusing on issues specific to Kenya. The official Facebook page for the march lays out their platform: the importance of the women’s vote, demand reproductive rights, women’s land and inheritance rights, to end sexual harassment and assault, female genital mutilation, and the trafficking of women and children; and to end discrimination against LGBTQ people, sex workers, disabled women, HIV positive women, refugee women, women in the informal sector and other marginalized groups, and the difficulties women have, in Kenya, prosecuting rapists.
Prague, Czech Republic: That the women’s march in Prague was non-partisan, non-violent, and inclusive of all, and held in historic Wenceslas Square , a historic space of opposition and peaceful resistance from the student demonstrations against the Nazis bringing in co-sponsors from all sorts of different activist groups: women’s rights groups, Greenpeace and Amnesty International, the Czech Writers Association, groups advocating for the rights of Roma, and pro-LGBTQ groups.
Tbilisi, Georgia: Focused on the rights of women in Georgia itself. This is not the first time Tbilisi has had protests against issues of a “patriarchal society,” domestic violence, securing equal pay for equal work, and political representation. This rally was also an expression that Georgia is part of the global community and that people there support women’s rights and human rights and fundamental rights around the globe.
Tel Aviv, Israel: Took place outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening. A second event, organized by Democrats Abroad, took place in the Mediterranean port city of Jaffa and was nonpolitical and nonpartisan, not taking on local issues but delving into the Israeli-American relationship. What was troubling to a lot of people during the election was the rise of white supremacy and racism and anti-Semitism.
We all know this is just the beginning of a worldwide effort if we are to change the lives of women, men and children and to save this beautiful planet we call home. It doesn’t end with this amazing Women’s March on Washington DC January 21. Now is not the time to hang up our marching shoes and put our pink pussyhats into the closet. It is the time to get our friends, family and community together and continue making Herstory!
Write a postcard to your Senators about what matters most to you and how you’re going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks and months ahead. Get printable postcards here.
History is repeating itself before our very eyes. These same corporate elite tactics were used in Germany and preceded a time in human Evolution when individual heroes stood up to help those different from themselves. Now, we must do the same and make coalitions, support organizations on the front lines, educate ourselves by listening to and supporting alternative news sources, boycotting the companies doing harm to our families and our planet. We have a lot of work to do and we are up to the task. Together, with women leading the way, we will all rise to meet the challenges of our time. I see it happening daily at home and around the world. Widen your scope of news to include global events and your spirit will never be squashed. Believe in our strength to overcome:) All shall bee well, All shall bee well, All manner of thing shall be well, Genny
Greenpeace activists, one woman was 60 years old, raised a 300′ RESIST banner over te Whitehouse.
Just so we all know we are not acting alone in our coming efforts to maintain a peaceful world and functioning democracy, you will be strengthened by reading this all-encompassing public statement by scholarly women of grit:
Summary of Statement:
We must protect the right to protest and dissent.
We must insist that the media be allowed to do its job.
We must reject compromise.
Our number 1 priority is to Resist.
We must denounce militarization at home & abroad.
We must resist climate change denial.
We must resist autocracy.
We must push ourselves into more precise, radical analytical frameworks.
We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days.
On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, a sizeable minority of the U.S. electorate chose to send billionaire Donald Trump, an avowed sexist and an unrepentant racist, who has spent nearly forty years antagonizing vulnerable people, to the White House. Spewing hatred at women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and those with disabilities is Trump’s most consistent, and well-documented form of public engagement. Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women because, as he quipped, his celebrity made it easy for him to do so. We can only assume that the hostile climate and anxiety about what is to come were contributing factors. The political shift we are witnessing, including the appointment of open bigots to the president-elect’s cabinet, reaffirms the structural disposability and systemic disregard for every person who is not white, male, straight, cisgender, able-bodied, and middle or upper class.As a community of feminist scholars, activists and artists, we affirm that the time to act is now. We cannot endure four years of a Trump presidency without a plan. We must protect reproductive justice, fight for Black lives, defend the rights of LGBTQIA people, disrupt the displacement of indigenous people and the stealing of their resources, advocate and provide safe havens for the undocumented, stridently reject Islamophobia, and oppose the acceleration of neoliberal policies that divert resources to the top 1% and abandon those at the bottom of the economic hierarchy. We must also denounce militarization at home and abroad, and climate change denial that threatens to destroy the entire planet.
We must also reject calls to compromise, to understand, or to collaborate. We cannot and will not comply. Our number one priority is to resist. We must resist the instantiation of autocracy. We must resist this perversion of democracy. We must refuse spin and challenge any narratives that seek to call this moment “democracy at work.” This is not democracy; this is the rise of a 21st century U.S. version of fascism. We must name it, so we can both confront and defeat it. The most vulnerable, both here and abroad, cannot afford for us to equivocate or remain silent. The threats posed by settler colonialism and empire around the globe have never been more real, nor has our resolve to oppose these injustices ever been stronger. Concretely, within the U.S., we oppose the building of a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border, and the establishment of a registry for Muslim residents.
We owe this moment and the communities we fight for our very best thinking, teaching, and organizing. We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. We must push ourselves into new, and more precise and radical analytical frameworks that can help us to articulate the stakes of this moment.
The most important thing we can do in this moment is to make an unqualified commitment to those on the margins through our actions, insist that the media be allowed to do its job; and protect the right to protest and dissent. We recognize clearly that our silence will not protect us. Silence, in the aftermath of 11/8 is not merely a lack of words; it is a profound inertia of liberatory thought and praxis. So – what are we waiting for? We are who we are waiting for. We pledge to stand and fight, with fierce resolve, for the values and principles we believe in and the people we love.
Our food choices have environmental consequences, and our food waste is no different. Farming uses about 70% of our water, and pollutes rivers with fertilizer and waste that in turn create vast coastal dead zones. The food on your plate literally touches everything.
Let’s talk about our trash: In the U.S., 40% of our food is thrown away every year. It’s an environmental tragedy. An estimated $165 billion per year — that’s $1,500 per family of four.
Kitchen food waste is not harmless. Food Waste = Methane Gas = Climate Change — it generates significantly more of the greenhouse gas methane when it’s buried in landfills than when it’s composted. The environmental benefits of composting make it a far better choice. Putting your food waste in the compost bin can really help reduce methane emissions from landfills, and it’s an easy thing to do that can have a big impact.
I learned about the food waste problem this past holiday season when a friend visiting questioned my practice of tossing food waste into my kitchen trash. I did my research and learned that we should all definitely pay attention to where we put our food waste. In the U.S. 95% of food scraps are thrown in the trash and eventually end up in landfills. The best thing is to not have food scraps or waste in the first place. But what you do with them makes a big difference for our environment and our climate.
Pollution from Methane Gas: When organic material, such as food and garden waste, rots under anaerobic conditions it produces methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas, which contributes to climate change, so it is important to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere. Reducing food waste is one important way we can each do that.
Most of us are aware that our food choices have environmental consequences. Who hasn’t heard about the methane back draft from cows? Well, we are contributing methane through landfill food waste in much the same was as the cattle industry.
Do you compost your food scraps? Some cities have curbside compost pickup. If yours doesn’t, you can do some kitchen composting and feed your garden (big or small) with your kitchen waste.
Shop Smart: Make a shopping list and plan meals. So many times we are tempted by sales but never eat the temptations. Ask yourself, “Will I really eat that?”
Do you eat leftovers? Soups, stews and smoothies are great ways to use up aging foods. Only toss out the non-edible parts of produce. Freezing leftovers in small portions — and in glass or ceramic dishes — will provide welcome snacks and healthy meals when time to prepare a meal from scratch is in short supply.
Would you buy or eat bananas with brown spots? They don’t have potassium until the spots appear. You can put spotted bananas in the refrigerator and they stop aging — although the peelings will continue to get dark. The peelings will make your roses happy, they love the potassium too!
What do you do when you can’t finish a meal? At home and when eating out? Portions are so large in most restaurants that leftovers are almost a certainty. Bringing our own non plastic containers are the best way to ensure that our food doesn’t touch plastic and the estrogen mimicking toxins in plastic. Glass or ceramic containers make it easy to stick the leftovers in the freezer when you get home. Label and date leftovers — and remember to eat them!
What do you do if you find a can of soup in the pantry that is 2 months passed its best before date? Use by and best before dates are not expiry dates, they indicate peak freshness. These dates are often not definitive — except for tomato and green bean products. These two vegetables can give you food poisoning — along with meat products.
What temperature is your fridge? Set your fridge at 33-41 F/1-5 C to keep your foods fresh. First in First Out: Organize your foods newest in back, oldest in front. Make a section for foods that need to be eaten ASAP, or freeze, dry or dehydrate it.
Does your family serve up their own plates, or does the cook or host serve portions? Best to leave portion choice to the person eating the food, this leads to less waste. Put less on your plate, eat family style, or ask for smaller portions.
Cosmetic standards lead to copious food waste. Buy the funny looking produce. It tastes just as good and you will reduce the waste. Does the grocery store you shop at have a food recovery program where they donate excess food? Many do, and if yours doesn’t, suggest they begin one.
The UN reports: “Less consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change. A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and climate change.”
– The UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan Diet because a substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.”
– Moving to Meat & Dairy-Free Diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change as the global population surges toward a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050. Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products.
– U.S. diets rich in meat and dairy are unsustainable. Rising affluence is triggering a shift in our diets toward more meat and dairy products. Environmental impacts rise roughly 80% with a doubling of income. Agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
– Biomass (animal waste) and crops for animal food are as damaging as burning fossil fuels. Livestock consumes much of the world’s crops and a great deal of freshwater, fertilizers and pesticides. Animal products cause more damage than producing construction sand or cement, plastics or metals.
The UN report cites the following pressures on the environment as priorities for governments around the world: climate change, habitat change, wasteful use of nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilisers, over-exploitation of fisheries, forests and other resources, invasive species, unsafe drinking water and sanitation, lead exposure, urban air pollution and occupational exposure to particulate matter.
Our personal carbon footprint has become increasingly important to us all as we understand our role in climate change.
Here at GreenWomanStore.com, we definitely support Shopping Local. Our 100+ Female Entrepreneurs are Local Business Women serving their communities as well as online shoppers, and we feel privileged to share their visions and passions for a peaceful, just and sustainable world.
What’s your shopping carbon footprint? The statistics are now in and show us that Online Shopping typically has a lower carbon footprint than shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. There are exceptions, like Manhattan where bicycling is the trend. Walking and bicycling always improve our impact on the Earth as well as our own physical and mental health.
Here are some tips to lower your shopping carbon footprint whether shopping online or in your local marketplace:
* Minimize the number of miles you drive to purchase each item. Plan your shopping trips so that you save time and fuel. Purchasing just one item online delivered by truck has roughly 1/2 the carbon footprint of driving to a local store to buy that one item.
* Give yourself plenty of time to plan and allow for more flexible online shipping options. And choose U.S.P.S. as your online shipping choice whenever possible. The U.S. Postal Service is the only mailing and shipping company in the world whose packaging meets the Cradle to Cradle standards for human and environmental health and recyclability!
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At GreenWomanStore.com, we’ve done the safe and non-toxic research for you. And it’s easy because we have only women to work with here, only woman made visions and products. We trust the Menstrual Minds of our partners, and the direction of their visions. We encourage you to support female owned businesses locally and online. Increasing women’s share of world trade will change your shopping footprint!
Small-scale farmers and conscious consumers can cool the planet! Respect to the seed, the soil, the farmer, and the consumer.
Twenty years ago, working with international environment and development organizations, I learned that small is better, and the truth that small farms feed more people. Now, the Fair World Project has a short video narrated by women, farmers and scientists sharing this not so well known but important science: Small is Better: Small Farms and Regenerative Organic Farming can reverse Climate Change.
“Organic agriculture produces more food per acre and is the most effective way to deal with climate change. Too much of the climate movement is based on fear. It now needs to move to cultivating hope – Gardens of hope on your balcony not a giant industrial farm.” Vandana Shiva
Water conservation efforts ensure that there will be enough for the future. Outdoor water use typically makes up 50% to 70% of home water use.
Many of us love the summer months and wish we knew more ways to conserve water during droughts and dry seasons. We’ve gathered a few helpful hints here that are easy to do, and easy to remember!
Here are 5 outdoor water conservation tips:
#1 Victory Gardens are back in style! Use your garden water for edible plants.
#2 When your existing inefficient hoses and sprinkler heads need replacing, buy water saving ones. Ask your local family owned nursery or hardware store what options they have available.
#3 In drought areas especially, think about replacing your brown lawns with drought tolerant plants, beautiful rock gardens, and even a vegetable garden so at least your outdoor water use is producing food.
#4 Share the water conservation methods you learn and use with your friends, family, neighbors and landlords. Everyone is willing to join in the efforts to save our planet, most of us just need more information.
#5 Take the “Dirty Car Pledge” and wait 60 days or more — until absolutely necessary!
We have a whole section of books on Eco-Feminism. We are sure you will find something that peaks your curiosity or satisfies your thirst for knowledge. Here are some of our favorite titles:
EcoFeminism and the Sacred by Carol J. Adams Price $29.95
A multicultural anthology of writings by women that provide vital insights into the causes of current environmental crises, and important recommendations for addressing them.
Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by Temra Costa $13.99 On Sale!
Meet the 30 exceptional Women of Farmer Jane. This is a celebration of all women that vote for sustainability every time they shop, eat, farm, and advocate for change.
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“Women do not want to be mainstreamed into a polluted stream: We want the stream to be clean, clear and healthy.” Bella Abzug, U.S. Senator and co-founder of WEDO (Women’s Environment & Development Organization)
Feminism has facilitated women’s complex experiences, actions, and solutions being examined and treated with the respect they deserve – linking women’s emancipation with the care of the earth.
Women play a major role in managing natural resources in agriculture and animal husbandry, food planning and preparation, forestry and managing the raw materials used in commercial enterprise and in our households.
The growth of Feminism has resulted in the growth of environmental action by women and women’s groups around the world to help tackle the problems of environmental devastation. From the grassroots to international agencies, women’s roles in education and training, family planning and consumption patterns, seed saving and natural resource conservation, and in creating businesses that reflect our socio-environmental values, are among the most important actions to bring about sustainability.
Case Studies from the U.S. & Around the World
In this Telesummit, you will hear from Sustainable Development Experts, Activists, Movement Leaders, Authors, Cultural Theorists, and Common Women making a difference. You will hear case studies, and gain an international and intergenerational perspective on just what it takes to grow a movement that doesn’t leave anyone or anything out. Sustainability means going forward in a way that respects future generations’ ability to live and thrive on Planet Earth.
No matter what you think Feminism is, your understanding will be heightened. You will be strengthened, and your resolve for alliances for the future will be restored as it becomes clear that none of us are alone.
October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” This October, we are changing the discussion from Awareness to Prevention
New scientific evidence is emerging daily, making it clear that the chemicals in our environment play a role in altering our biological processes. It’s clear that our exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation are connected to our cancer risk. But we rarely hear about this new scientific evidence.
It is difficult to examine and address the effects of individual chemicals and their risks for a disease as complex as cancer. The time between exposures and development of the disease may be decades. We may not know which chemicals we’ve been exposed to, and we are not exposed to chemicals in isolation.
In this Telesummit and Podcast Series, we will bring this new evidence to your attention. We will examine Hormones and Hormone Disruptors, EMF Cell Phone and Computer Radiation, Fluoride in our water and Fracking in our communities, GMOs and Toxins in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products, Flame Retardants in our furniture and bedrooms, BPA and it’s more toxic replacements, and causes of the 90% unexplained sporadic non-hereditary breast cancers.
As informed consumers, you can begin to control your exposure to chemicals and radiation through personal and political action. Get to know the chemicals that have been linked to cancer and take action to reduce your risk.
During this Telesummit, you will receive one interview emailed to you each Tuesday and Thursday. You will hear from Scientists, Political Activists, Nutritionists, and Women Survivors of Cancer who have made lifestyle changes that combat disease.If you miss any Podcasts, you will have a chance at the end to catch up.
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I’m your host, Genny LaMorgan, owner of GreenWomanStore.com where we enjoy creating educational events, like this telesummit on topics of interest to us as women. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800 479 4439 / 619 228 6201.
What I enjoy most about Asoka’s work is that she brings the environmental, cultural, social and spiritual aspects of our life together into one whole reality. This makes it much more possible for women, in our relational thinking, in this relational era, to wrap our head around the problems and come up with relational solutions. I am sharing here some of Asoka’s recent Huffington Post article on the First International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit held in Suffern, N.Y., on Sept. 20-23, 2013. This Summit drew women leaders from 35 countries to bring attention to the climate emergency. An excerpt from their Declarationstates (read the entire document here):
“We are the mothers and the grandmothers, sisters and daughters, nieces and aunts, who stand together to care for all generations across our professions, affiliations and national identities. . .We are gathering to raise our voices to advocate for an Earth-respecting cultural narrative, one of “restore, respect, replenish” and to replace the narrative of “domination, depletion and destruction” of nature. We are committed to a transition from a future of peril to a future of promise, to rally the women around the world to join together in action at all levels until the climate crisis is solved.
The science is clear. There is no more debate. The time for action is NOW. We will answer humanity’s increased vulnerability with our increased commitment. We know that while women are among the most negatively impacted by climate disruption, we are also key to creating climate solutions…“
“Women have often spearheaded environmental movements in their countries and regions. The Chipko Movement against deforestation in India, the Green Belt movement for tree planting in Kenya, and the movement against nuclear testing and toxic dumping in Micronesia are just a few examples.”
“Climate-related disasters have different impacts on different social groups; poor communities in the Global South and women face the most severe deprivation. Worldwide an estimated 80 percent of climate refugees, people displaced by environmental disasters, are women. .In the Bangladesh cyclone of 1991, almost five times more women died than men because women could not swim, wore restricting clothing, or were forced to place themselves in extreme danger because they had to wait for a male to accompany them. Men who had access to public spaces were able to warn each of the danger but did not always inform their families left at home.”
“The feminization of poverty has led to a sharp gender disparity in poverty levels. Thus, women on average have a smaller carbon footprint than men. Yet poor women around the world are more vulnerable to climate change, destruction of biodiversity, and loss of livelihood than groups with higher levels of consumption and pollution…Unpredictable temperatures, drought, and flooding pose enormous challenges for women who, as the primary and often sole caregivers for their families. They are responsible for providing food and water, and oftentimes firewood for their families. With reduced access to water and crops, the time spent on obtaining necessities increases, and women’s lives get harder.”
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We can and do have an impact as parents. We can organize and act on issues of children’s health. Mommy Bloggers like Katy Farber are changing consumer shopping patterns and promoting healthier non-toxic products as an answer to our lack of federal food and health regulations. Join Lean Into Green and listen in.
Katy Farber says, “Climate Change is a children’s health issue. We need to protect our kids from significant pollution.” We can buy organic dairy, and store our foods in Mason Jars vs. plastic, to reduce our family’s exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals. Katy Farber teaches Service Learning: finding and solving problems in local communities to increase children’s self-esteem, and to change a community’s perception of kids and teens.
Here are some of the questions we asked Katy Farber about Non-Toxic Kids:
Q. You have written a book titled, “Eat Non-Toxic: a manual for busy parents.” Please talk about your book and the need for chemical reform.
Q. Please share your Green Living tips for families with small children.
Q. Katy, please talk about what you are calling “Service Learning” in your book: Change the World with Service Learning: How to Organize, Lead, and Assess Service Learning.
Q. Another book you have written is titled, “Why great teachers quit.” Please talk about teacher sustainability and what might we do to stop the exodus of our great teachers?
Q. One of your blogs is about how President Obama’s Plan on Climate Change Will Protect Children’s Health. Can you talk about this important aspect of environmental action?
Katy Farber is a Mom, an Author, a Blogger, a social media community builder, and an activist and speaker. She founded the blog Non-Toxic Kids in 2007. Katy teaches graduate level education courses in service learning. She’s chronically sleep deprived, full of joy, and a lover of spontaneous kitchen dance parties with small children, among other things.
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With a focus on the economy and solutions, People of Color are on the front lines of addressing climate change as entrepreneurs, community leaders, and elected officials. They are crafting and creating plans to harness investments in the green energy economy to benefit vulnerable communities economically. You will learn about young people at the cutting edge of change and sustainability. Women are particularly future focused and some of the most tenacious and bold activists and entrepreneurs with a triple bottom line: Profit, People, and Protecting the Environment!
Kim Freeman Brownis the Washington Office Chief at Green For All. She has roots in the environmental movement and the environmental justice movement. For the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, Kim served as editor of “Cry of the Excluded,” a compendium of essays from environmental leaders and human rights defenders from throughout the Global South.
Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean-energy economy. The national organization works in collaboration with business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda.
We hope you will join Kim Freeman Brown and Lean Into Green to Discover How to Increase Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Going Green! Sign Up Today!It’s free, and it’s powerful!
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