Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Green Light- Kay

An eco-sista who went green for her love of animals and nature.



How long have you been eco-friendly? Wow. First let me say that I am not as eco-friendly as I should be, however, I have begun the journey.  I guess it pretty much started in 2007.  I lived in a community in Georgia that recycled newspapers, plastics, and aluminum.  That was right up my alley.  However, I think my interest in living an eco-friendly lifestyle is rooted in my childhood experiences. Visiting alligator and butterfly parks, getting a chance to milk a cow, watching a lot of science videos, and having uncles with a farm in Texas meant that I was in contact with nature on a fairly frequent basis.  I even had a pet chicken for a while.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I chose to take a more eco-friendly approach to living, because I love animals and nature.  When I contrast the serenity and connectedness I feel when I am around fields, trees, water, and the stress and blight I associate with living in concrete filled cities, I just know that loving the environment and preserving its beauty is critical to living a more serene, sane, and relaxing life.

What do you like about it? In particular, I believe that the greatest gift we can give to others is to be kind.   Being kind can mean different things to different people depending on the behaviors they exhibit and responses their actions merit.  However, in general, it’s our duty to take care of the earth, its animals, and human kind.  So, since my personal philosophy is “to be good to self and others” I think part of that explains why I like an eco-friendly lifestyle approach.  It’s about preserving what matters; our home and our relationships with each other.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? The biggest obstacle I face is that I live a very city-oriented life with all the trappings of modern day conveniences and tight schedules.   For example, when I get a meal to go from a local establishment, I generate so much waste from that one meal; plastic containers, Styrofoam, a plastic bag, or etc.  Part of the eco-friendly approach is to reduce what we consume, so I am constantly struggling to consume less.  Things like eating out, over eating, not recycling, and living an overly consumeristic lifestyle are the antithesis of an eco-friendly approach.  So, I am aware that I still want to improve in some of these areas and others.



Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? If you’re looking to become more eco-friendly don’t give up.  You may have to start slow, but small changes in lifestyle typically lead to even bigger changes in the long run.  Educate yourself, do your best and then even better than that as your commitment and motivation builds.   Just work each day to do your part.

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There’s really no “right” way it’s basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes?Absolutely.  There’s constantly the little green angel on my shoulder telling me what I need to do to be “authentic”.  However, I stay away from the politics of it all, because that’s when it can really get ugly.  Some people are so disciplined and strict in their approach that they are overzealous in criticizing people who aren’t doing it their way.  In my case, I answer to me, and believe me that’s more than enough pressure.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Wow.  I have been natural (texturizer- free) since approx late last year.  I started my second attempt at the natural journey in 2007.  My first attempt was years earlier in my mid-twenties.  I am not sure I keep it FLY though.  Lol, but I do feel that I work to understand my hair, the opportunities and limitations of its texture and ways to care for and style it.

Is there anything you like to add?Just that I hope more people will start to see the value of living more eco-friendly lifestyles.  I really love to see people of color learning that caring for the earth and in turn ourselves is not just a “white people (or Native American) thing”. It’s an “everybody” thing.  Lol.

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