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!