Monday, March 3, 2014

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Green Light- Kara

An eco-sista who says it takes a community to strive for greenery

How long have you been eco-friendly? I've been eco-friendly my whole life.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? Growing up in the ghetto it's pretty hard to stay eco-friendly. No one respects the neighborhood, it's evident. There's glass, trash, used condoms in the gutter, in the streets etc... most of the huge apartment buildings don't instill recycling bins in east Oakland. This forces folks to do it on their own or to mix it in with the trash.

I was tired of seeing all the trash in the street. It's taking a huge effect on our environment, our neighborhood, essentially our children's future.

What do you like about it? What I like about it is we can build community gardens and teach children the right way of recycling and composting and grow our own garden beds.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? As an adult I got involved with my apartment building with first talking to the landlord. And convince them to get a recycling bin for the 30 apt building. He didn't ever do it. So I reported them. Two months later the recycling bing were there. What it takes is healthy communication, to advocate for healthy environments.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? To become eco-friendly you must start with yourself. Look up community gardens that are growing in your neighborhood. Stop littering! When cleaning look for eco-friendly cleansing supplies. Anything you can pour down the drain. For example no bleach. Start looking at our earth as your spiritual grandmother, respect her, admire her, and love her! Start buying from local farmers, eat what's in season. If you don't have a compost look into finding out how to receive a green bin from your city. 

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? I definitely don't feel like a green hypocrite because I've lived in many different environments it takes a community to strive for greenery! If you really wanna be eco-friendly buy wild seeds and throw them out the car window in neighborhoods that need it. I've done this in the heart of deep east Oakland. Flowers bring peace to murder zones.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I've been natural all my life my mom made sure I always into my self-freedom

Is there anything you like to add? Stay visionary, anything is possible! :)


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