EcoFem Links: July 2019

flowergarden

The new view from my office which is adjacent to our dining room. It’s a few months into the flower garden we have planted, things are finally starting to bloom, bees and hummingbirds are visiting, and we can’t wait to watch it all start to fill in. And yes of course we’re already planning on how we’ll expand it next year 🙂

Here are the articles and topics surrounding just some of what’s been on my mind this past month…

* “A friend’s husband once averred that, statistically, it was extremely unlikely a woman in New York would come to harm in a city where murder and sexual assault rates have never been lower, and therefore there was no reason not to cut through the park late at night. The women in the room turned to look at him en masse. How bizarre to move through the world with this kind of oblivious confidence.” – Great reminder for those who don’t get why women ALWAYS need survival instincts.

* “When couples like us inform friends and family that they’re going to stop treatments, many respond by saying “don’t give up!” Although this is usually meant to be encouraging, it’s not. A couple or individual that is making this decision is not making it lightly or in fact “giving up.” Our desire to have children is so deep that we went through heart-wrenching experiences and spent thousands of dollars in the process. Imagine after all of that, how hard it is to stop pursuing your dream. We didn’t give up. We gave it all that we could and more. We need support from family and friends, not comments that imply we are quitters by choosing to stop. Such comments do not show respect for the remarkable journey we have survived.” – I loved how Erik & Melissa remind the world of this in their article about their Family of Two. We continue to explore different possibilities for our future, whether it be through continuing our private adoption wait, interstate foster adoption, or deciding to officially end the journey, and serve children in the community via our mentoring programs (we start as LunchBuddies in September at the local elementary school, continuing after our years as SMART readers back in Portland) or foster care. I don’t know. This month is all about reading, learning, exploring, and of course…continued healing.

* “This year the European Parliament voted to ban the 10 single-use plastics most commonly found on European beaches – including plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws, polystyrene cups and balloon sticks – by 2021.” Australia’s The Age reported this along with what their localities within Victoria are doing to eliminate single-use plastics in this article. Meanwhile, dipshits here in Oregon decided to scrap a bill banning styrofoam take-out food containers and State Republicans walked off the job because they didn’t want to even VOTE on a carbon tax (because they knew they would lose, they just didn’t show up, so there weren’t enough congresspeople to hold a vote), while local businesses (which we are no longer going to) said they’d no longer carry Fort George beer because the owner supported it, claiming the bill would affect the local timber industry (which was actually a lie, as they’d been exempted from it! they were just being pricks!). Coming from Portland where styrofoam for example is all but unheard of, here in Clatsop County it feels like the 1970s – no industrial composting facilities (so retailers brag about ‘compostable’ containers which are a joke since they only compost in industrial facilities, not in the backyard…even a cashier at Natural Grocers tried to talk down to me about their ‘biodegradable’ plastic containers which is the ultimate greenwashing!). Because we’re insistent upon truly practicing what we preach, it’s changed our habits as we no longer go to establishments that use styrofoam or have shown to be anti-environment in other ways.

* LOVE this website – Atlas Obscura – which is all about off-the-beaten-track places to visit around the globe. So cool…and totally great for expanding the bucket list!

* “Rubbish inspectors, compulsory compost collection and communal underground bins are just some of the reasons why the Dutch are leading the world in waste management – and Australia is not.” One could clearly swap ‘Australia’ for the US in this as well, when you see that only 2% of Dutch waste goes to the landfill and yet in the US and Australia, their type of ‘national waste management plans’ are, well, a joke. And Australia is a helluva lot further ahead than we are in the States with taking care of their people (living without health insurance here in the US is proof positive…).

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