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Deep in our inner psyche we are attracted to people who think or act like ourselves. We crave being around people who are similar and have similar interests. It makes us feel accepted, understood, and liked. Science says there is actually a part of our brain ignited when people agree with us.
Being an “Eco Parent” can be hard, it can be lonesome and sometimes an uphill battle to go against the norm, especially in smaller communities. Never fear! Your green community is out there, and sometimes that is all it takes to feel like you are not alone and give you the courage to keep doing what you feel is right. Chances are there are other eco parent’s in your community feeling the same way and searching for you too. You just have to get out there and find them! Here are some idea's on how to do just that.
A great and easy place to start. There may be a green parent group in your area that you didn’t even know of! Dig around and see what you can find. No worries about making a committment when you can do the initial search online. These can also be a great spot to ask for natural parenting advice and local green product sourcing. Can't find one? Maybe your brave enough to start your own?
Check out their website and social media pages or sign up for their newsletter to hear about upcoming stewardship events, workshops, and volunteer opportunities. A great place to start to connect with others that value the watershed, local environment, and hanging out in the forest- you may also learn a bunch of new ways to be green!
Most cities and municipalities have an EAC: a community member based committee chalked full of professional and passionate people on all things green, working on local environmental issues, initiatives, events, and policy. They could even be looking for members! Another good place to source out contacts that share the same interests as a green parent.
Gardening, healthy eating, and the environment go hand in hand. A horticultural society works closely with their local communities on everything from community gardens, to naturalization projects, and often host educational workshops on vegetable/flower/herb gardening and canning. You can be sure to meet some greenies if you connect with these folks.
Are you lucky enough to live in a city with an outstanding green organization that proactively promotes stewardship and the environment. A good example is Peterborough Ontario’s Green Up. These organizations often work with local utility companies and governments on all things green. Check them out online for upcoming events, to volunteer, or even apply for a job. Imagine working with people that care as much about the environment as you do? All your inside jokes will now get laughs because they understand them!
Spending a few hours a month participating in events held by these similar interest groups are bound to make some connections! Just being around like minded people for the afternoon can be such a relief when you feel like an anomaly in your circle.
Happy green friend finding- we are out there!