Sunday was the People's Climate March, which was billed as "the largest climate march in history."
J and I went - it had been a late night the night before and there was that wavering moment when we woke up of "are we really going to do this?"
And while it would have been nice to have slept in, I'm so glad we motivated and got ourselves there. I'm so glad that we marched and chanted and cheered and joined in with so many others to take a stand.
HuffPo estimated that there were over 300,000 people for a march which stretched over 4 miles.
It was great to see such an active organized labor presence: unions and environmental activism haven't always gone hand in hand.
But Sunday, the unions were out in full force, and there were plenty of chants demanding green jobs and climate justice for all. So many union folks turned out that we filled seven city blocks!
J and I took turns carrying a UAW sign - there's a picture of me with it - though there were plenty who took the opportunity to be more creative (one recurring theme: taking care of our mother with a drawing of the earth).
One lady who couldn't march because her foot was in a cast sat in the window of her apartment overlooking the march route and held up a sign saying she was with us in spirit.
Other people were banging on homemade drums, blowing noisemakers, and cheering.
The New York City Labor Chorus sang while they marched:
And one union chapter had a brass jazz band that played during the march!
Those kids on the stilts in the background? They stayed up there the entire march, and they never seemed to tire (or stumble!). I don't know how they did it.
Throughout the day, there was so much great energy, and a real feeling of solidarity and community and hope and passion. Very exciting to be a part of.
So, in the spirit of the Climate March, I wanted to share some of the little things we've been doing to keep our home green, and also make a resolution about what I can do better.
So far we:
What I could do better on: stop shopping for new things all the time! My dresser can barely contain my clothes, and I've expanded beyond my closet and have begun encroaching on J's.
So, clearly, I don't *need* any more clothes - but that doesn't mean a girl doesn't have wants, and a need to stay stylishly updated. I know I'll never stop shopping altogether, but at least I can try to find ways to balance my blatant consumerism with my goal of reducing my carbon footprint.
So my resolution is, if I'm going to buy stuff, to pay more attention to the materials. There's a wealth of options out there: from organic cotton (we got these sheets from Gaiam and they are so lovely and soft and warm) to reclaimed and upcycled materials (like Urban Outfitters' Urban Renewal line, which relies on vintage and deadstock textiles) to thrifting vintage items (like browsing Etsy for vintage jewelry - there are some stunning pieces on there).
So there, that's my resolution - what's yours?