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My mom instilled in my brother and I from birth a respect for and need to not only protect, but also engage with the planet that sustains us.
From growing out own food to recycling or reusing everything we could, to not teaching us not to buy single use and individually packaged items.
But it wasn’t just teaching us, my mom lives the message. She was an activist and included me in all of these actions. She helped when my friends and I started an environmental awareness organization, Kid’s F.A.C.E (for a clean environment) in the late 80s. She attended the UN Environmental Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1990. (I was supposed to attend with her but she was nervious taking a young child with her to a country where we didn’t speak the language and there were reports of mass sweeps of homeless children being rounded up and transported out of the city before the summit.)
She ran a recycling company at one point to help businesses have an option to recycle (wasn’t a commercial pick-up in the city at the time), ran the local Peace and Justice Center for over 10 years, became a sustainable building expert with my step-father and led workshops around the country on strawbale and cob buildings, living roofs and permaculture.
I think it was seeing her live the message more than her specific teachings that led both my brother and I to also be conscious of and strive to live as sustainably as possible. And now, she is helping to instill those same lessons and values in my children.
My Mom is like a plant, she loves the sun and it gives her energy. She also loves flowers and gardening. I always joke with her that she lives on photosynthesis! She is also a long time vegetarian for around 35 years and I’ve become one around 3 years ago. Our neighbors have chickens and we use some of their eggs for food. We have been buying a box of produce from a company that normally sells to restaurants but because of the pandemic, they are selling to everyone rather than throwing them away. We also grow tomatoes and basil at the end of May so it’s almost time to plant them again. Mom loves your soap packets when I showed her how it works so when we run out of our other soap, we are going to use them. I also have 3 glass pumps for the soap so we don’t have to keep buying plastic dispensers with soap in them. It’s difficult to be sustainable during a pandemic but I’m trying. She also helped take care of Dad and I when we were sick during the entirety of March and into April (even when she didn’t feel good as well). I definitely appreciate my Mom today and everyday!