It's that time of year again. Time to reflect on the highlights of 2012 and set our sights to the goals we wish to accomplish in 2013. To that end, I decided to ask around and find out what my fellow green blogger friends were working on for the coming year. Here's what they had to say:
Shane Shirley-Smith, Environmental Booty: I resolve to not hide my "greenenss" from those around me for fear of offending them! And that includes in-laws and other mothers. I resolve to be kind and respectful but honest in my beliefs about artificial food dyes and flavors, HFCS, GMO's and recycling!
Julie Hancher, Green Philly Blog: I'm trying to swap out all the plastic in my kitchen (for storage, cooking, etc) for glass & stainless steel versions and de-clutter/give away my excess "stuff" either through freecyling, craigslist or give away to those in need. These are both ongoing projects but I want them to be complete. The other one is to help pass legislation in Philadelphia to pass a plastic bag fee to reduce use.
Elise Jones, Here In This House: We are moving across country in June so my biggest resolution is to donate, recycle, yard sale, ebay & craigslist as much as possible b/c I want to start fresh!
Leigh Ann, Green4U: I have several green resolutions. No more paper napkins in the house, no plastic, and minimize the stuff in my house we have stuff we do not need. Next year I think I am going to have to do what Shane said, I know my family and friends already think I have gone off the deep end but they are coming around with out me pressuring them and I like it that way.
Brenna Burke, Almost All The Truth: I am going to focus on not bringing things into my home that are useless, plastic, junk, or anything else that needs to get tossed or otherwise disposed of not long after it is brought in.
Lisa Nelson-Woods Condo Blues: I kept everything we did last year: rechargeable razor, canning tomatoes, dehydrating food (got a replacement for Christmas!), do an eat from the pantry month, install a water saving toilet, are a few off the top of my head.
Ronnie Citron-Fink, Eco Nesting: Ronnie is opting to set intentions rather than make resolutions this year. She explains in her post, 'No Resolutions,' "I’m turning away from resolutions that are made and broken, and moving on to intentions that are positive and hopeful. As new agey as this may seem, an intention embodies a feeling of noticing a new purpose. My hope is that my finest intentions will continue to lead to action."
Jen Eyers-McLaughlin, Jen and Joey Go Green: Jen is working her way thru her list of 101 in 1001 - or 101 goals that she hopes to accomplish in 1001 days. It's such a cool idea that seems to tackle goals in all aspects of her life - very organized! Read all about this challenge here.
As for me, after over a decade of dedicating myself to writing about "green" parenting, I plan to take a bit more time to focus on the parenting part of that equation. Still holding up my end of the green bargain, but revisting the issues - and solutions - from my kids' perspectives a bit more. As I learned from my daughter's essay on global warming, my kids have a lot to say about environmental issues. And I want to spend this year listening.
What are your resolutions for 2013?