February 18, 2008 at 6:42 pm
Lately I’ve been all over the place both physically and mentally. I was fortunate to be able to spend some time at our local Focus the Nation event. It was small but for me it was a well needed ray of hope. I’ve been feeling rather isolated and hopeless about finding other like-minded people in my area. It just seemed to me that no one really cared about the environment or even their own health.
Several things occured around the time of the Focus the Nation event. I went searching for a local foods coop that I knew existed “underground” here in my area. The food is ordered from a place nearly 2 hours away and delivered to a home here in my area. This is all done rather casually, so it was difficult for me to identify the person receiving the deliveries. After finally remembering the name of the food supplier, I called and asked for the name of the local contact person. This contact turned out to be a wonderful, like-minded woman who was a wealth of information and really just a nice person.
So in a short time, I picked up my first delivery of organic food (25 pounds of organic oatmeal makes a lot of granola!). And at the time of the pick-up, I was able to talk to my new friend and learn about all the things she is involved with locally. She’s come to the conclusion that a web page for local green information would be helpful to people searching for things in our area. I couldn’t agree more.
Secondly,at the Focus the Nation event, I was able to identify some area people who had businesses selling organic/green products and organizations interested in environmentaly stewardship. And, I was able to see and talk to people who were trying to make some individual differences in controlling the causes of climate change.
How does this change anything? I can’t explain it, but knowing that you aren’t the only one who sees what is going on does make a difference. I’ve stepped up my work on some local projects. Personally I continue making changes in what I buy and the way I live. I urge you all to begin to connect locally to organizations that promote green and organic causes. You’ll may have to really look hard to find someone like you. But don’t give up, they’re out there.