Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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Green Light- Lekeishua



An eco-sista who says going green is about integrity




How long have you been eco-friendly? I don't know. I grew up in rural America and for a time lived in a small farming community. When we moved to town, I would still visit my grandparents and cousins in the country. Those early years made a deep impression on me. My grandmother had a large garden growing up and so did most of the old folks we knew. I saw how that type of life and relationship brought them together because they would share what they had together. So, I always had an appreciation and love of the land but in college I got into environmental justice and activism.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I'm a questioner. I believe you have to question continuously... why you do what you do. I questioned everything. Also, I grew up and still live in a coal rich areas. So, I knew the effects of coal mining on the land and people. I also know that it is a complicated relationship. However, I questioned my compliance/role in that cycle. I can't really change the infrastructure but I can change my behaviors, so I do. I try and be conscious of my choices and the effects they have on the environment and those downstream.

What do you like about it? It makes you aware of yourself, your body and your role in the world.  Most of us are mindless consumers of things and information being eco-conscious can help wake you up. You can realize your choices make a difference and that can make you more mindful of how you live your life.

Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Um, you can be perceived as being strange or odd. I've never been terribly normal so that is okay. You can also be perceived as being snobby but that is okay. It is not snobby or weird not to want to trash the earth.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Don't try and consume your way to being eco-friendly. Start small use what you have.You can make basic cleaners, reuse things or recycle objects. You can eat local (even if its only a local restaurant) when possible and reduce your meat consumption a bit. Also, you can start a garden or grow micro greens or sprouts in your windows/patios.You can change your transportation patterns when possible. Try to to walk or bike when possible or carpool. These are simple cheap things you can do.

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? Sometimes, but for me being green is about living with integrity on this earth.  I do what I can and with great joy. I am not trying to one-up anyone. I will fail because I am human but I am also learning and trying. I still have problems with consuming too many things. However, I have gotten better about mindful of that. Some of my friends are hard-core. They grow huge gardens, rock a fro or locks, bicycle(I walk) and/or  get arrested in protest of mountain top removal, etc. those are great things but not for me now. I just have to do me.One day, I might do all those things and more but wherever I am is where I am.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Actually, I was natural before for 4 years. Then I chemically straighten and ruined my hair. Currently, I am transitioning back to 100% natural hair. It's a work in progress to get it where I would like it to be...but that's okay. If I feel any guilt it would be in this area but I am where I am and doing the best I can.

Is there anything you like to add? Just be yourself, find people (online or face-to-face) who can support you in this journey and have fun(don't be an eco-nazi).  Test things out and you may fail or something mat not really up your alley. You may not be able to do everything you want at once but that's okay.

 Oh, you can find me blogging about mindful living over at  http://keishuathoughts.blogspot.com/ or on twitter  @keishualove

4 comments:

  1. What a great interview! And I couldn't agree more: sometimes going green is as easy as making very small, but conscious decisions in life.

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  2. @Charlotte thanks for stopping by and I agree with that as well

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