Going Greener in 2018

by Nicole Wines

This website was begun as an eco resource page and fundraising source for Raíces Cultural Center’s EcoCulture program, and it is our intention to make it pop in 2018, becoming a central resource for eco-conscious friends, family and community members.

Over the past few weeks, the Raíces crew has been in some serious conversations about the intent and effectiveness of our efforts to be green, clean, renewable and regenerative in our every day lives. There are countless individual actions that can be taken every day to reduce our ecological footprints and make strides towards a better future, but we always come back to the idea that no matter the amount of steps we take to be cleaner and greener, there is a small percentage of the population that uses the most amount of resources, creates the most amount of pollution, and has the highest impact on the environment and ecology of our Mother Earth. Our individual conservation efforts do so little to counter-balance the waste and misuse of resources and the disregard for the planet and its creatures that the current social and economic system make it so difficult to get away from. The effort can sometimes feel and seem futile, but for the Raíces crew, this doesn’t mean that we give up making our own individual changes, and we don’t stop sharing ideas and information with those who are willing to do the same. However, we know we must begin to make some choices and take some actions that have a greater impact and a stronger intent, and we want you, our readers, our community, our supporters, to be a part of that.

This post is a place to begin a conversation about going a deeper shade of green in 2018. What are the systems that need to transform, to transition? What are the actions we need to take in our own lives, in our neighborhoods and in our communities to secure a more sustainable and just future? What topics and subjects should we be examining and sharing information and resources about? What eco innovations and ecological practices do you want to learn more about and start to integrate into your lifestyle? Individually, our good actions will not save the world from full scale environmental destruction, but together, we are stronger and may begin to develop path to healing, both for our planet and ourselves, and go a deeper shade of green. Please comment below and get dialoguing so we can get to work!

3 Comments

  • real eguchi commented on January 2, 2018 Reply

    Looking forward to hearing more.

  • Cat Stone commented on January 2, 2018 Reply

    Has anyone in this group explored the idea of hemp cultivation? I am specifically thinking about Puerto Rico. I would love to share ideas about this with the group. Hemp cultivation heals the soil and the air while creating a system of cultivation and product manufacturing that supports communities by creating products and jobs.

  • Georgie commented on January 8, 2018 Reply

    @Cat:
    I have been looking at Hemp cultivation for a while now. It seems like an extremely powerful way to change the manufacturing process of many industries, and support local production.

    Some of its most powerful consumer applications include:

    -Really soft, strong textiles that have potential to remedy some of the issues surrounding the clothing industry. https://www.hemptraders.com/Hemp-Textile-Properties-s/1881.htm

    Paper products

    Medicinal/Food- Seeds are really good for you, and taste great, and can be processed into oils and flour like derivatives.

    and others:
    https://ministryofhemp.com/made-from-hemp/

    And it has a ton of industrial applications as well:
    -High Quality Bioplastics: http://nocohempexpo.com/2016/03/driving-hemp-future-bmw-goes-biodegradable/

    -Construction:
    Insulation for housing: https://www.blackmountaininsulation.com/products/natuhemp

    Admixture for concrete: http://nationalhempassociation.org/some-interesting-faces-about-hempcrete-as-a-building-material/

    Livestock: If we’re going to be eating animals… the impacts of producing their food of their food could be greatly improved by feeding cows and chickens and horses hemp hay/Oil production byproducts (maybe). and as bedding
    https://www.bentoli.com/hemp-fed-livestock-highly-controversial/

    And Maaaybe biodesil. (not super likely)

    And all of these applications produce compostable materials, while ameliorating Carbon with their production, and offsetting the use of fossil fuels that are currently filling these roles in industrial production. And Hemp is tall and grows extremly quickly, and is exceptionally hardy (its called weed for a reason) , and produces hundreds of times more biomass per acre than comparable fiber crops (cotton etc.)

    But disclaimer, most of the information I’ve seen has come from those manufacturing the products, so the actual viability of needs to be confirmed for ones self.

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