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Jane Fonda’s New Look for Earth Day, Every Day

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

I didn’t watch the Oscars Sunday night, but I did see this photo of Jane Fonda with her new, natural hairdo that I love, on my computer and applaud her announcement that she will not be buying any new clothes as her “contribution” to climate change. PEOPLE Magazine attributes her change of heart (in February yet, American Heart Month!) to Greta Thunberg, the climate change activist who has been in the news. Jane said that Greta made her think about consumerism and all the effort that goes into being a consumer. Fonda said, “We don’t need more stuff,’ I have to walk the talk. So I’m not buying any more clothes.”

 

Sarah Berman’s Closet

 

Last year on Mother’s Day I went to see the Sarah Berman’s Closet exhibit at the American Jewish History Museum in Philadelphia. This older woman scaled down her lifestyle, with everything in the reproduced closet in the exhibit was white: clothes, shoes, linens, etc. I made a decision that in 2020 I would buy clothes that are sustainably produced, focusing on organic cotton whenever possible. Additionally, I am slowly recycling clothing that I no longer need or wear and buying as little as possible, since I have more than I already need. This is part of my personal de-cluttering campaign to streamline everything in our apartment, based on the book I read by Gretchen Rubin: Outer Order/Inner Calm.

 

 

More about Cotton:

If you go to this website: https://www.theworldcounts.com/challenges/consumption/clothing/environmental-impact-of-cotton-production  you will find out more about the impact of pesticides on fabrics, especially cotton.
Here is a direct quote from the site:

Your t-shirt is tainted with chemicals:

More chemical pesticides are used for cotton than for any other crop. Cotton accounts for 16 percent of global insecticide releases. 60 percent of the world’s cotton is used for clothing and another 35 percent for home furnishing.

Based on that information, which I actually learned about some years ago, plus the impact of Sarah Berman’s Closet Exhibit, plus Jane Fonda’s announcement, tells me I am not in the minority, and even if I am, I like being in that minority with Jane Fonda. We have one other thing in common. I was born on December 2nd, 1937 and Jane Fonda was born Dec. 22, 1937. So we are basically the same age. And I have a similar haircut. And her wearing her red coat is another kudo for reminding us of the GO RED FOR WOMEN campaign from The American Heart Association, also mentioned above.

 

So I applaud Jane Fonda for stepping up to the plate and wearing a dress that, heaven forbid!,
she already wore before. BRAVA!

EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY: Making a Difference – Pick Your Project for Climate Change

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

MOTHER EARTH NEEDS OUR HELP!

I just finished listening to Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg speak about climate justice on You Tube from a talk she gave some time ago. She came to the U.S. recently and spoke at the UN. I will listen to that speech as well.

In the mid-1990s I was a briefing leader for The Hunger Project, an incredible organization that taught me that hunger exists; it doesn’t need to; and each person can make a difference.

Greta is one of the young persons who IS making a difference with her commitment to REPAIR our world to make it safely inhabitable for our children, grandchildren, and all future generations. Like Malala, who survived being shot while on her way to school, and spoke up about education for women, she was one person making a huge difference for women’s education.

What I suggest is that each of you picks one thing* that you think is important for reversing or reducing climate change. For me, it is being a vegetarian and eating lower on the food chain. And because I eat lots of fruits and veggies, I have lots of compost. I deposit my compost at Whole Foods or Mom’s Organic, even if it means putting the compost wrapped in a biodegradable bag in the freezer until I make it back to the store.

When I visited Nova Scotia last week, I found something quite interesting regarding compost. There were recycling bins in several places, but instead of only the three groupings of paper, plastic, and non-food garbage, there was a fourth bin for compost (called organic). Just think, if I lived in Nova Scotia, I could deposit my compost in lots of places that have these four bins and not worry about putting it in the freezer! I plan to go to Borough Hall tomorrow to find out how we can get composting bins added to the other recycling bins in public places.

 

Note: The fourth bin on the right says organics, which mean you can throw in banana peels, apple cores, etc. that will be composted and returned to Mother Earth.

 

* At my weekly Full Circle meeting at the local senior center, one of the participants is adamant about the “flagrant” use of plastic straws, so this could be his one way to make a difference, that is, reminding friends and even strangers that plastic straws add up to garbage in the environment. Someone else may emphasize using stainless steel water bottles, or tackle replanting more trees, or walking instead of driving to a close by destination.

Choose your “making a difference project” and email me at menupause.info@gmail or in the comment box so I know what difference you are making towards a safer planet. Thanx! ellensue

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