Just came across a blog called AfroDaddy.com:The Black Man's Survival Guide when I was doing a search on black and into green (green as in liking to eat vegetables vs meat) dating sites. Why was I looking for this category? I noticed in my blog traffic that lots of folks seem to be looking for places to connect with like minded vegans and vegetarians on the internet, based on the popularity of a post I did a couple of years ago on dating sites. So I was thinking, give the people what they want and found this great post by AfroDaddy. So AfroDaddy, did a great job of compiling a list of African American centered sites in this category and one of them was a site called Napturals (cool right) - unfortunately, it is no longer in existence. So for now, for all of you crunchies looking for green love on the internet, you will have to stay with the tried and true as noted in my previous posts on the matter. My theory is that you should get out of the house and get involved with issues, organizations and activities that you care about, whether it be activism, community gardening, blogging, cycling, running, art - whatever. Travel via Megabus or carpool to conferences like Blogging While Brown , Black Ivy Alumni League and Urban Farming or events in other cities (Caribana, Taste of Chicago) to expand your horizons. Sell your art, pies, sauces, greens, personal care products at the neighborhood farmers market. Another option is to create your own event or workshop in a marquee event and invite some eligibles to attend - sounds fun right? You may not find love right away, but life will love you back and you will feel great about all of the wonderful folks you will meet on the way. What are you doing to find that special someone? Your fellow Black and Into Green crunchies need to know!
Interested in preserving the earth as a place that is safe and clean for everyone? This site is for you! The world's environment is increasingly tainted with polluted drinking water, toxic landfills, questionable food supplies and polluted air. Drinkable water supplies are drying up due to waste and climate change. Our health, our children's health and the lives other living creatures are at risk if we don't take ownership of our environment. Let's be vigilant and mindful of our personal impact on the world and advocate for those less able to speak for themselves. Topics include, but are not limited to:
* Organic living and eating * Recycling, Reusing and REDUCING * Green business * Energy conservation * Environmental racism and health * Gardening * Climate Change
In many cases, you will find that you will not only save our planet, but you will save money!
Going Green: Ten Easy Things You Can Start Doing Today (or soon)
* Gas- Check your tire pressure, unload your trunk, change your oil, carpool, plan your trips, walk or run to the store
* Utilities- Turn down your water heater, don't keep the water running while brushing your teeth, replace light bulbs with fluorescent light bulbs, use a powerstrip to turn off electronics when not in use, turn off lights when leaving a room, replace showerhead with a water conserving fixture
* Trash- Buy more of what you need and less of what you want (use a reusuable bag while you are buying)
* Invest in a cool mug or thermos for beverage purchases instead of using disposable cups-preferably stainless steel
* Donate, sell or re-purpose old clothes instead of throwing them away
* Do you really have to throw away that plastic storage bag, container or aluminum foil that you used just one time? If it can't be used to store food again, can it be used to store small household or garden items?
* Think before you toss. "How can this item be reused?"
* Look for the recycling triangle on your plastic goods, plastic bags and glassware. Many cities offer recycling pickup with your garbage or recycling bins for drop off of recycled goods. For drop off locations near you, click here.
* Reuse newspaper and paper (black and white print) in the garden as mulch or as stuffing for packages. Cut up and use the backside of used paper or envelopes as notepads. Save and bundle your old paper, boxes for recycling pickup or drop off boxes
* Keep a recycling bag in your car or the office to continue and model your earth friendly practices away from home