It's alright to be conservative and care about the planet

Earth Day Network - Guest Blogger - Cheri Smith - Hockley, TX

Cross posted at the EDN blog

I am a 39 year old mother of 6 who believes you can and should care about your planet. You won't find me holding a picket sign in front of a corporation, chained to a tree or driving a battery-powered car. What you will find is someone who raises her own range fed chickens for the eggs that are safer for my children. I have a sheep that eats the weeds around my yard that is planted with local flora and thus needs less maintenance and watering. My husband and I drive cars that  are over 10 years old so that we get the most use of a product that is already in existence and won't add to manufacturing pollution or add to the auto junk pile, in fact we don't believe in buying new cars at all. We drive them and fix them until we wring every bit of use from them we can. I raise a lot of my own vegetables organically which is great exercise and therefore I don't have to drive to the local gym to work out. I shop at a local (2 miles away!) farmer's market for what I don't grow myself. We recycle aluminum cans because there is a recycling facility nearby and it's a great way for the kids to earn some money. 

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We are not powerless!

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--Kathleen Rogers

Today I was reading a piece in the New Yorker about President Obama’s trip to the tornado ravaged town of Joplin, Missouri. As he reviewed the aftermath, attended a memorial service and bared further witness to all this town has endured. The President said something that gave me pause.

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