Minnesota EcoMoms-Chapter of the EcoMom Alliance

Monday Meeting Rehash
PMpFri, 18 Apr 2008 23:33:40 +000033Friday, 16, 2008, 12:56 pm04
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Great, fun meeting everybody! No guilt and baby steps, right?

I am inspired. Congratulations, because collective baby steps are being taken to Sustain Yourself, Sustain Your Home and Sustain Your Planet. I love that we had 7 kids in and out of the meeting. When we got home my son quickly made a sign with planet earth drawn on it that read, “Every day is Earth Day” and he would like all of the books from the meeting lined up under his sign, and for me to make copies of his sign to distribute at the next meeting. I’ll get right on that!

MEETING MINUTES: We had an overview of the 3 branches of being an EcoMom: Sustain Yourself, Sustain Your Home and Sustain Your Planet. In May, we will meet and begin to break it all down and look at product options, and ideas for each specific aspect of living like an EcoMom.

May-Backyard, kitchen and vermiculture composting with your organic garden. Q and A with an organic lawn expert and achieve a lush pesticide-free lawn. Get a Kid-Safe lawn sign.

Up Next…Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00pm. Book discussion of the Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv and the topic of “nature deficit disorder.” At an EcoMoms house.

June-Book club and wine-Last Child in the Woods-Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv at Julie’s house. Get a sitter for this one. This author has led a national movement to “leave no child inside” and get more children into the woods and a national effort to promote “green hour” in each day.”- Washington Post
children & nature network http://www.cnaturenet.org
July-No meeting, but march in the Edina 4th of July Parade with the EcoMom Alliance! We will drag a vermiculture behind a red wagon and other fun publicity stunts
August-Group yoga class and discussion of the mind, body, spirit, earth connection. Unplug and get outside.

Special thanks to Jennifer at Corepower Yoga-St. Louis Park who offered a free week of yoga classes that will help you Sustain Yourself and thank you to Shelley, who consults one-on-one to get you and your house detoxed, eating and living right. She can be reached at naturalhealthcoach@mac.com. Shelley also spoke on the benefits of Probiotics found in Kefir yogurt and other yogurts and we learned that she is responsible for starting the district food committee when her daughter was at Concord. Go Shelley!

Special thanks to Paul at the city energy and environment commission who gave us the opportunity to Sustain Your Planet by taking the Minnesota Energy Challenge, and inviting EcoMom Alliance to host a table at the Energy Fair on May, 4 from 1-4 at Centennial Lakes. Paul is our token EcoDad. When asked, “What can an EcoMom do about climate change?” 3 things: CFL lightbulbs (dispose of CFL’s at Hennepin County hazardous waste drop-off sites only), ceiling fans and not AC in the summer, and rethink your laundry to cold water, full loads, off peak hours, and line dry.

Sustain Your Home and buy local, organic, fairly traded, and sustainably manufactured and packaged goods. Thank you to all of the EcoMoms who are working to slow carbon emissions, which unfortunately have already exceeded a sustainable capacity on planet earth! Now experts are saying we need to get rid of coal, among other things, and slow carbon emissions asap. By changing our ideology, from one of disposable convenience to choosing wisely how to spend the 85% purchasing power EcoMoms hold, we really can make a difference. To quote my son, quoting his teacher, “Mom, Mr. Baier says, if you see something in the world that you don’t like, then change it!” I want to change the world for my kids and Grandkids so that they still have a world, how about you?

IDEAS: Ditch bottled water and take a No Plastics Pledge. Keep a stash of reusable shopping bags in your car. Buy and eat less, but buy higher quality foods (Coop, CSA’s and farmers markets). Remember most household goods are actually designed to break in 6-12 months, intentionally. This designing of manufactured products to have a short life span is to perpetuate the affordable, disposable convenience we have come to demand. on YouTube to open your eyes and mind to that crazy concept. Mamie, who is visiting all the way from Scotland said, “I have always lived like an EcoMom because of World War II and the rations.” Our grandparents generation were EcoMa’s and Pa’s. Somehow we were seduced by the low, low prices and the convenience and are now paying a high cost to the environment.

Next month is a field trip to see solar power in action.
Renewable Energy vs. Coal. Solar, wind, and geothermal are types of clean, renewable energy. How do they work? What type of building permit is needed? I want one on my roof, can I really do that? What do you mean there is a “no clothesline” ordinance in Edina? Take a closer look at solar power in action and have your questions answered. Join the EcoMom Alliance for a guided tour of the Linden Hills Coop-Solar Energy Project and Q and A time with the project coordinator on Saturday, May 17 from 11:00-12:00. FREE and children encouraged. Join us after for an EcoMoms conversation, coffee or lunch at Dunn Brothers then shop like an EcoMom, at the Linden Hills Coop and Natural Home Store. Summer salad crop share CSA sign ups are going on now at Cook’s of Crocus Hill Edina and the Linden Hills Coop.


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