Unless you are practicing solitary confinement in the Amazon Rainforest, you will know that there is much hype around the term ‘going green’ across the country and the globe.
Not every citizen is meeting this rhetoric with enthusiasm and open arms. Perhaps it is the paranoia of giving into imagined conspiracy theories. Or maybe because the cause for alarm of climate change creates an aversion to what many feel are the more pressing issues: job security, school loans, food on the table, a place to call home.
But what if the perspective on all things ‘green’ focused on the returns we are making on our present, inspired by our past, to shape our future? In other words, why is there such a focus these days on appreciating real food, real connections with real people, and why is this important?
Kermit the Frog had a point when he said ‘it’s not easy being green.’ There is a necessity to purge when embarking on this journey. Gone with the old, the temporal, the cheap and non-durable, and in with the new, the fresh, the real is the main requirement.
Yet the purging process brings hidden things, to the surface. Take for example cleansing the body through fasting, water and raw foods. Exposing the inadequacies of a poor diet is imminent when water and healthy fruits are taken in. Slowly but surely, the skin and body begins to eliminate the toxicity in the bloodstream, the waste in the digestive tract, the free radicals from the pores. And that’s just one example.
The sustainable choices communities are making to eat healthier, live better, become increasingly civically-engaged, and become first-person informants is being met with opposition and oft times, confusion. Yet it is right and good for a culture to survive. Through connections and relationships with not only each other but with the knowledge that there is something greater than all of this, we become inspired to find the real answers.
We are returning to balance, returning to order, returning to the One who is the beginning and the end. We became starved for love, for fellowship, for humanity and for spirituality that begged to be fed. The wildin’ out, in terms of violence, negative interactions and the abuse of all things sacred is only the reflection of a society on the verge of a [mental] structural breakdown.
Though this may be the case, let us not forget that to become whole again, we have to go through the process of refinement. Things feel like they are getting worse as the days continue on: the youth are spiraling out of control, the Earth is experiencing labor pains and premature births and deaths. This is all a part of the process of the return back to order.
It all gets worse before it gets better. When you see the world around you and become convinced that humanity is going downhill, hold on to the everlasting Truth that everything lost will be found.
1. The process of removing impurities or unwanted elements from a substance.
2. The improvement or clarification of something by the making of small changes.
“New Skool Fresh”
An old-school approach to encouraging sustainability in the youth of Tampa Bay.
WHERE: Cephas in Ybor, 1701 E 4th ave, Tampa, FL 33605 @6:30pm-9pm
WHAT: Inspire Your Environment (IYE) presents its first community forum night geared towards ecological youth outreach. A time to recognize, celebrate and encourage the freshness of Tampa’s sustainable community and it’s efforts towards the local youth.
The night’s itinerary includes:
1. The Icebreaker
2. The Inspire Your Environment future project line-up
3. Special Community Guest speeches
4. Networking, mingle, food and funky music
WHY: What steps are being taken to provide a sustainable future for Tampa’s youth and how are they getting involved? This night, the green advocates in Tampa target the un-targeted. Come meet people who care about the same things as you.
WHO SHOULD COME: Teachers, mentors, community leaders and advocates, green thinkers, the health conscious, environmental justice advocates, the interested, the passionate, the creative; the ones who want to become involved.
COST: This event is FREE. Green or not, come be inspired. (21+ event) **Food will be available for purchase. Please note it is CASH only y’all.
This is grassroot organizing at its freshest. Hope to see your face in the crowd…
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Thank you for your support!
Questions? Email IYE at email@example.com
“We should look for someone to eat and drink with, before looking for something to eat and drink.”
Special Message & Update: This is a friendly and gentle reminder to check out my other blog, City Beautiful: Green Urbanist Remix (CBGUR). I promise that I have been reading books, interesting books, and I want to share them with you. Though I haven’t written reviews on CBGUR just yet, I will! Reading these books is taking some sweet time, but the books are very good. I assure you. Thus, City Beautiful, the place to reflect on my professional future, is my new permanent home…for now.
So without further ado:
Q. How do you prevent ‘awareness‘ from turning into ‘paranoia‘, which may morph into ‘cynicism‘?
A. Keep your eyes on the prize.