that 20 people would
show up for Hanover's inaugural
Community Climate Conversation? With just
a few hand-made notices around town
and in a few social media outlets,
we drew a small crowd.
How cool is that?
what does the climate
have to do with fashion and clothing?
As it turns out, more than most of us know or understand.
Apparel and footwear accounted for 8% of global greenhouse gas
emissions in 2016 (more carbon than international flights
and maritime shipping), is the second largest
consumer of the world's water supply,
and pollutes oceans with micro-
plastics and rivers with
are also something
we wear every day and that can
often make our day. I know that is the case
for me. My black boots give a kick to my step and my
long purple wool cardigan embraces me and gives me confidence.
There is no reason to feel bad about dressing in garments
that make us feel good. Our challenge is learning
how to wear clothes that both feel
great and don't harm
I loved hearing
Kim Souza, owner of
Revolution (in White River
Junction, VT) talk about how she
curates her store. While some dresses
or fun socks might sell big, she will not sell them
if they are not made in the US or ethically produced.
Joan Ecker, Founder of Fat Hat Clothing,
shared valuable insights about the
costs of clothing production
and the dangers of
the best part of the
evening. Here were a bunch
of people, some more interested in
'fashion' than others, who came together
to begin a conversation about climate that actually
started with what we were wearing. By
sharing stories about our clothes
in an informal setting we got
to know each other in a
different kind of
Just as one
wool sweater is
not the same as another
(was the wool sustainably harvested,
were the sheep treated well, were the people
who assembled the garment paid a living wage?),
no two people have the same relationship to their wardrobes
and how their clothes make them feel. Like so much
in the climate conversation, there is always
more than meets the eye. Can you tell,
for example, that this ancient &
beloved turtleneck was
In my last
blog post, Compost,
Fiber and Fashion, I considered
the power of re-imagining my clothes and,
in the process, re-imagining myself. At their heart,
these reflections come from my ongoing concern for and
fascination with waste, not just of food, but of
everything. My mother-in-law saved
her hems, because she hated
things going to waste.
I repaired this
twenty-four year old
wool turtleneck sweater I bought
at a street fair in Germany because I love it,
and it seemed wasteful to find another one when I
could mend this one. It seems to me that how we connect
to our clothing may perhaps reflect how we think
not just about ourselves, but also about
what it means to be wasteful
I hope that
our first Community
Climate Conversation inspires
those who attended to think more deeply
about what they wear. More importantly, though,
I hope our laughter invites others to join these gatherings,
knowing that we find joy and have fun while
paying attention to topics that we
know about and love.
Next Community Climate Conversation:
What's the Story of OUR Stuff?
(bring an object you love)
March 3, 2020 @ Still North Books, Hanover, NH
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Facilitator: Marc Morgan
(By day, the manager of Lebanon, NH's solid waste facility;
By night, an advocate for deeper thinking
about what we consume
Say 'Yes' to The Mess
I was really
inspired by last week's
Global Student Strikes for Climate.
If the Pope, Paris & thousands of scientists aren't
convincing enough, listen to the kids.
They speak truth.
'I don't want
Every single emission contributes to the composite problem, which is made of trillions of tiny emissions. Thus there is no threshold for making a literal difference to the problem: every single atom of greenhouse gas emissions saved is a literal improvement.
Just as every emission matters, so too does every choice we make. For me, that choice is about building community in my neighborhood to see what living in a democratic society feels like at the most local level. I mean, if we can't do it, who can? So I transcended my fears of conflict and rejection and had a party. Last Sunday's gathering was a great place to begin and I look forward to more. Thank you to all those neighbors and friends who celebrated Earth Day with me.
March 28, 2018 Town of Hanover, NH Energy Forum
Here's what some businesses in town have accomplished
(These were posters displayed at the Forum)
reframing the narrative in community and with myself, finding transformation and joy in the mess of it all
is a somewhat regular 'viewsletter' that hopefully inspires joy & transformation. It will include links to recent blog posts & updates about my work. Oh, and I promise I won't share your information (that would be so uncool) and I don't actually do promotions, but that text is required.
Gardens & Gardening
Travel & Transportation
Waste In Our Lives