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Mrs. Green's World is an integrated mission-based social media movement promoting sustainability on a global scale. Our soul/sole purpose? Preservation of the planet & helping people take small steps to collectively make a big impact.

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Social Justice & Sustainability - Liberty & Justice for All?

Warning: reading this post might get your blood pressure up. Either because you agree with some of the issues I raise or because you want to bop me one.

From my view, without social justice we can never really have a sustainable , just and healthy planet. Social justice is equality amongst everyone in society. Social justice applies to all aspects of a person's life and is closely related to human rights. Everyone has the right to be treated fairly. Social justice is being fair to everyone despite their gender, sexuality, religion, age, political affiliation, disability, social class, or any other discriminatory factor. And if you have been listening to any news station in our country these days, it becomes apparent that we have a long way to go in the social justice arena globally. (Remember – we just have ONE planet, right?
Let’s start with children - Social justice means all citizens are entitled to the same rights and services. Based on what one can conclude from most major media outlets, we continue to fail the children who are abused, neglected, and just plain unwanted. Foster children, who depend on society’s largesse for their very existence, go largely unseen. Because these are children, they don’t fund any political campaigns, lobby any elected representatives for an opportunity to be heard, or organize any marches to advocate for better services. Therefore, they have no voice if we don’t speak for them. How are we doing on that one? Can we do better?
Want to get everybody all worked up? Talk about healthcare. Or even worse, health care reform. Why are 46.6 million people without health insurance in the great country of ours ? Why is employee-sponsored health insurance disappearing? Why are the numbers of uninsured African Americans, Hispanics, and immigrants so disproportionate to that of Caucasians? Why is the number of uninsured children—8.3 million—again on the rise, when it had been dropping steadily since 1998? And why aren’t more people as outraged because sick children can still make healthy children sick? And who wins that one? A healthy community is a sustainable community.
Speaking of unsustainable practices, people are being held as slaves to make clothing, children are being kidnapped to become sex slaves and thousands of women are being outright raped, murdered or viciously abused at the hands of others. What can we do? Find our voices. Find a cause we believe in and a right we want to wrong and help to make things change. Sign a petition, register to vote, call your elected official and let your voice be heard. Take a few minutes to envision what a healthy, just and sustainable planet might look like and what is needed to change and strive to be that change. It might look different for everyone but living to consciously right a wrong or speak for someone whose voice isn’t being heard will clearly get this sustainable, just and healthy planet moving in a right direction and quickly. And then we can talk about recycling!
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I’m a Garden – Not a Building

I really fretted about writing this – big time. Never is the fretting about finding a topic but rather about which one to tackle this time. Which seed to plant? Which really important scoop to share? On the one hand, I wanted to write the entire blog about the state I am personally in over eating meat. On the other hand, I wanted to share with everyone my latest “deep green thoughts” on who is Mrs. Green – especially if I don’t see myself as “press” and to hopefully get some clarity for myself. Who IS Mrs. Green any way and what is my big purpose? And on the OTHER hand, I wanted to do one of my rants about why the heck people can’t stop using plastic bottles because they are so damn toxic and unnecessary and blah blah blah. The ever-present green conundrum.
Enter one of my true heroes – Seth Godin – who once again magically appeared to save the day and remind me who I am – a passionate gardener.

"Gardens, not buildings
Great projects start out feeling like buildings. There are architects, materials, staff, rigid timelines, permits, engineers, a structure.
It works or it doesn't.
Build something that doesn't fall down. On time.
But in fact, great projects, like great careers and relationships that last, are gardens. They are tended, they shift, they grow. They endure over time, gaining a personality and reflecting their environment. When something dies or fades away, we prune, replant and grow again.
Perfection and polish aren't nearly as important as good light, good drainage and a passionate gardener.
By all means, build. But don't finish. Don't walk away.
Here we grow."

Great right? Here we grow indeed.

On eating meat. Not to worry, it’s about my journey & not about judging anyone else. I find myself eating less meat, reading more about the heinous (and yes I mean heinous) atrocities involving the treatment of animals being raised for our eating pleasure and I’m trying to find the upside of eating as much meat as we do in this country. I admit to being fixated on the cruelty piece and can barely handle the information I am processing. I am trying to figure out how and when we got so disconnected from farm to fork. I may never figure that piece out but for now, what I can do is eat less meat, continue my education and continue to be thankful for being on this journey.

Here are the questions I am asking myself: Am I ready to open my eyes? Am I ready to trust my heart? Am I ready to take the journey? Here is a trailer from the movie Peaceable Kingdom. Please trust me when I say this trailer will not upset you and I hope you will watch it. e=player_embedded&v=aFqRCc08V6k#at= 15
And also please trust me when I say there will be more chapters to share on this journey to my becoming sustainable me. For now, no more bacon and lots more spinach salad. Thank, Amber Rowden Adil, for holding my hand during this personally challenging time.

On Who is Mrs. Green Anyway?
Someone asked me a question last week that stopped me dead in my tracks. “Well, if you are not the press, who are you?” AND she wanted an answer in writing to present to a Steering Committee so they could decide, within reason, in which category to put me for an event. Am I press? Am I an expert on green? Am I a radio talk show host? A blogger? An environmental educator? An author? A movement? D – all of the above?

Here goes..
I see myself as being a strong, powerful voice for creating a larger, more intentional and therefore more powerful, community of people who care about the planet. One of the ways in which I do that is through my national radio show. And then there’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging, YouTube videos, public speaking, writing a newsletter & continuing my education. I fully realize that there is just one planet & we are rapidly depleting Mother Earth’s resources – on land and on sea. Now my soul/sole purpose in life, pretty much during every waking moment, is to help raise awareness for what shape our planet is in and how critical it is for people to wake up, live consciously & help create the massive shift that has to occur in our behavior and quickly. I see myself as a big green dot connector adding my voice to the many voices for change out there. I see everyone who is a part of Mrs. Green’s world as a movement of people working diligently to take small steps in their own lives to collectively make a big difference. Is this a sustainable, eco-friendly movement? What do you think?

On Plastic Bottles - Americans buy more bottled water than any other nation in the world – 29 billion water bottles a year, 1500 per second. To make all these bottles, manufacturers use 17 million barrels of crude oil. That’s enough oil to keep a million cars going for twelve months. Next time you are having a drink out of one, imagine it filled a quarter of the way up with oil. That’s about how much oil was needed to produce the bottle. Not that I want anyone to choke on their bottle but it might give you pause & might even inspire you to change this one habit & purchasing an eco-friendly reusable bottle. That’s sustainable.

Please join me in creating a global community of people who care about the planet.

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Why should you and I care about wasting water? about if we eat organic or not? about global warming? about whether or not fracking is a good thing? about genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? about whether our car is fuel-efficient or not? or if ocean aci
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