June 6, 2012 / Issue 113


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Light, Medium & Dark Green

(Something for Everyone)


If you have been subscribing to my newsletter for a while, it's pretty clear I like to weave a thread that we can all take small steps to change things in our lives and collectively make a big green difference. Hope, possibility, and change are words I like to live with and repeat in my writing and speaking.

I decided to write this newsletter with some good, green info for wherever you are on your journey to living a more sustainable life. But really it's about the dark side of green, so I hope you read all of it because the planet needs us - now.


Light green - all the usual "hope you are already there" low hanging green fruit tips (some of which I covered in my last newsletter.) Reduce your use of plastics - especially bags and bottles; unplug your hair dryers, phone chargers, toasters etc.; start reading ingredients on things you buy that you put on your body and in your home. Almost boring myself here. But press pause for one second. How many of these things do you actually DO? Biggest shocker to me is when I see someone who sells a green product, is a member of a sustainability group of any kind, or considers themselves informed about global green issues and they walk into a meeting with a plastic bottle. Really? Do a self-inventory. Are you pale green?

Medium green - some might consider these leaning in the more dramatic, dark green direction and then again, maybe not. What's your plan for changing out your toilets? How many CLF or LED light bulbs have you switched to lately? Have you looked into or considered solar? A solar water heater? A more fuel efficient car? A true Staycation? A rock solid commitment to buying from locally owned businesses - especially when eating out or going for gelato? Buying your books from a used bookstore (like Bookmans) most of the time? NEVER saying yes to plastic bags - even at the drugstore, convenience store, clothing store, ANY store? I'm giving myself an A+ on this one. Haven't switched to solar but do purchase community solar blocks from TEP - our local utility company.

Dark Green - here's where it gets dicey. As Mrs. "Hope, Possibility, and Change" Green, how far may I/should I go to expose people to "The Dark Side"? Dark green to me (and only to me) is pretty much sourcing where your food comes from, especially if you still eat meat, to make sure cruelty free is a 100% certainty. It's also buying organic produce, not eating things from cans and looking for the Fair Trade label when it comes to things like chocolate. Dark greenies usually limit their use of vehicles, have a garden, often raise their own chickens, compost, would never use a plastic bottle, store things in glass containers, and don't purchase paper towels. These are some examples but we all get it. It's still not the dark side - just living a more sustainable life in more ways.

Here's the conundrum to me. Do I share with the tribe things like this clip  - the work of Chris Jordan, who had the courage to film the real dark side of the impact of massive consumerism? Do I post on Facebook or send out a tweet about the Tyson film I saw that made me sob and vow to NEVER put a piece of Tyson chicken in my mouth again? Do I warn you that the content is "disturbing" - a euphemism for gross, awful, horrific, sickening? It's so awful that YouTube makes you click on a warning button regarding the contents before you can view it! Are we all ready for dark green? How ready?

I am getting to a place where I believe time is running out. I feel as though I have to both face and share more of the dark side because we all need to know. We have to know where our bottle caps and tooth brushes and plastic bags go. We have to stop being such massive consumers of stuff. We have to face that plastic is killing us - slowly but surely. We have to see the brutally harsh mistreatment of animals and not buy from companies who continue to abuse them - for profit. We have to put on our big green panties (I had to say that - sorry), face what's happening and make some more changes. And we have to help each other realize that to know better is to do better and we all can. Hope, possibility, and change.


Updates on Good Green News


Good news update #1 

The contest continues AND the BIG winner of the stay Miraval will be announced in the next newsletter. You still have this week and next to enter. Winners of the Mindful Eating cookbook have been from Arizona, Colorado, New York, and California. Take 20 seconds, answer the questions this week and next and see yourself at Miraval. (Sitting next to me at the Spa?)

Eat well. Be well. Contest

Good news update #2

At press time, pledges in Golden Eagle Distributors & Budweiser the Grow One, Save a Million campaign in support of World Environment Day on June 5th have reached a total 659,998 gallons. The pledge? Men not shaving for one month - thus the grow one, save a million message. Their Facebook page is hysterical.
Mrs. Green at Chapman VW to support the Humane Society
Mrs. Green visits Chapman VW for an event with the Humane Society of So. Arizona. See the power of people working together for a common goal!
MrsGreenHumaneSociety - 720p.mov 

Gardening Tips for Your Reading Pleasure!

Win one of two hydroponic systems in celebration of Sea Of Green's Hydro Awareness Month

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What's Going On at Sea of Green? There's always something good. Are you following them on Facebook?
Mrs. Green says "Check It Out!"

To be perfectly, honestly, authentically me? The only thing I want people to check out is this: www.midwayfilm.com. We have to help make sure it gets finished and we have to help the message go viral.

Upcoming Shows

NRDCJune 9

Dana Gunders & Andrea Northup - Natural Resources Defense Council 

It's all about the food. Dana is a food scientist and Andrea started a school lunch revolution in the D.C. area. FYI, the NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. Big steps, big impact? Please plan to join us. This show is sponsored by The Fairfax Companies.


Peter EllsworthJune 16

Peter Ellsworth, Entomology Specialist, University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

It's all about the bugs and I don't even know where to begin. Ellsworth and his team have gone from facing a pest plague of biblical proportion to creating an award winning pest management center. Making pest control more eco-friendly and less dangerous to human health is something we should all care about. Join me to find out just what they've done and how they have done it. This show sponsored by Chapman Tucson.


Patrick GrahamJune 23

Patrick Graham, Arizona State Director, The Nature Conservancy

As the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, there will be no shortage of questions to pose to Peter. We will talk about the most urgent conservation challenges facing both the planet, our country and the State of Arizona and how the Nature Conservancy is engaged in solutions. This show is sponsored by The Fairfax Companies.


Kelly KingJune 30
Kelly King, Vice President, Pacific Biodiesel
Pacific Biodiesel is a leading pioneer and advocate for the establishment of community-based biodiesel. I first heard about this great company when I visited Rob Parsons from the Office of Environmental Concerns in Maui (yes, Maui!) As early adopters and now global leaders, we'll learn about about constructing and operating biodiesel processing plants and make it fun AND informative. This show sponsored by Chapman Tucson.

Rain BirdJuly 7 
David Johnson, Director of Corporate Marketing, Rain Bird Corporation
Mrs. Green's World's One Year Anniversary show! Ever hear of the Intelligent Use of Water? You will. Please join me as we learn about the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services in the world. Rain Bird believes in developing products and technologies that use water efficiently. Most impressive? They have been doing so since 1933. We will learn how Rain Bird is helping sustain healthier landscapes thus contributing to a healthier planet. What a great way to celebrate our anniversary - talking about the world's most precious resource: water. This show sponsored by The Fairfax Companies

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