Gavin tagged me for a meme, but through the wonders of the typo, told me he’d tagged me for a green mime. I quite like the idea of miming taking my recycling out, carrying re-usable bags to the shops and turning the compost. However, mime probably wont make good blog-fodder til I’ve learned to use the webcam.

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Here are the Guidelines:
1. Link to Green Meme Bloggers (click on the pic above).
2. Link to whoever tagged you.
3. Include meme number.
4. Include these guidelines in your post.
5. Tag 3 other green bloggers.

Anyway, here goes.

1) Name two motivations for being green?

Mostly I find that I’m short on justifications for not being greener. The major motivations for being greener are the sort of world I’d like to live in, which is one that doesn’t make me sneeze, scratch and wheeze, and the desire not to have to tell my kid at some stage in the future that I had decided it was easier in the short term not to bother.
2) Name 2 eco-UNfriendly items you refuse to give up?

The car & the disposable nappies. We can walk to most places, but public transport to some of our relatives houses, particularly on weekends, is awful. The Flexicar is a good compromise for those situations. When our car finally dies for the last time I’m not sure that we’ll buy another one.

The kid has been a guinea pig on various environmentally better disposables, once he started moving around and getting into things there was nowhere safe to leave a bucket of cloth nappies.

3) Are you at peace with or do you feel guilty about number 2?

Pretty much. There are major systemic problems that I can, as a citizen and a consumer, protest and argue improvements for but in the meantime I still need to get around and contain the poo without risk of drowning the kid.

4) What are you willing to change but feel unable to/stuck with/unsure how to go about it?

There are lots of things about our house that I’d change, but I don’t own the place so I’m not allowed. We’re moving soon, hopefully the new place will have fewer problems. Perhaps it will just have different problems. Once we’ve moved we will have to find new solutions to everyday environmental things. We’ll be living in a different type of house, in a different area, with different transport and shopping options. There’ll be a fair bit of research, that’s the antithesis of a rut isn’t it?

5) Do you know your carbon footprint for your home? If so, is it larger/smaller than your national average? (http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx)

  • Your footprint is 2.90 tonnes per year
  • The average footprint for people in Australia is 16.30 tonnes
  • The average for the industrial nations is about 11 tonnes
  • The average worldwide carbon footprint is about 4 tonnes
  • The worldwide target to combat climate change is 2 tonnes

I’m not convinced this sort of calculator includes the sorts of things we do use though, like the production of nappies or all the stuff that happens at childcare. This result doesn’t include the Bloke’s motorbike, because I haven’t got the figures to calculate it. As it turns out, not buying new stuff, and only socialising on the cheap at home or at friend’s houses is very good for the environment. I’m pretty happy with the result, particularly because getting it isn’t hard.

6) What’s eco-frustrating and/or eco-fantastic about where you live?

Being able to walk to most of the things we need is great for the environment, and also for meeting the neighbours, which leads to socialising locally too.

The garden is tiny and shady, and there isn’t much water, so growing food here is a challenge. It’s one I haven’t been meeting lately, I started to lose heart after we decided to move.
7) Do you eat local/organic/vegetarian/forage/grow your own?

We grow a few things, we get an organic seasonal fruit and veg box delivered, the rest comes from the market or the IGA or Foodworks in an emergency. We buy organic, fair trade and Australian (preferably Victorian) as much as we can. Sometimes the budget doesn’t stretch to all three.

8) What do you personally find the most challenging in being green?

Some of the things that would make a really big difference are things we can’t afford, like buying more efficient appliances, however, budgetry restraint stops us from buying most of the useless crap other people fill their houses with, so perhaps it evens out in the end.

9) Do you have a green confession?

That depends, do hamburgers from the fish and chip shop require a confession? Sometimes you just need some round food you know?

10) Do you have the support of family and/or friends?

The Bloke’s on board, the kid couldn’t care less, and the rest of the family have always thought me a little odd but in a nice way. My parents installed solar hot water and electricity a few months ago and are now enjoying guilt-free power usage (the last bill was for $6). They’re probably less inclined to the careful research of problems and solutions, but if the better environmental choice is readily available, they’re generally happy to take it.

Three more green mime artists, including two who generally don’t write about the environment, but I know they’re thinking about it (and anyway the green bloggers I know have all done it I think):

Garden Variety

Bluemilk

Stomper

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