The mood amongst green folk has not been all that positive of late. Van Jones was hung out to dry and his green cape couldn't save him. The Climate Change bill is in danger of being bogged down by the "watermelon hypothesis". Huh you say? Fox News say that bill is "green on the outside but communist red to the core." Um, yeah, okay. Totally see that . . . if I am being paid by the oil and gas industries. But whatever! You can't keep a green woman down.
Turns out you can't keep a green superhero down either - or so reports Grist when it enumerates the 5 reasons why the green movement is better off with Van Jones out of the White House.
But that's just the tip of the melting ice berg when it comes to happy thoughts around the Web lately.
Turns out the Great Recession itself has a "Silver Lining": according to Frugal Dad consumer debt is down and down in a big way. Why? People are spending less, wasting less, making do more.
The new frugality doesn't stop there though. People are growing their own food like never before and, per Not Dabbling in Normal, you can save more money than you think with home grown produce. Indeed, fresh fruits and veggies are so valuable some companies are now offering them as part of the benefits package.
Want to grow your own too? Don't forget to entice the pollinators into your garden. Check out this super handy Pollinator Index, via Greening Families, to find out what to plant for the bees and butterflies in your neck of the woods.
There's more happy garden news though. There's hope, real hope, from the Obama administration. According to Grist, it has nothing to do with health care or the climate bill. Nope. It has everything to do with Michelle Obama's vegetable garden . . . and her drive to rebuild our food system. She's so serious about changing the way we eat that there is even talk of a farmers' market at the White House. (Follow these folks on Twitter to learn more about said farmers' market). Michael Pollan likes that kind of talk. Indeed, he thinks that the "American way of eating has become the elephant in the room in the debate over health care. " If you've not read Pollan's new op-ed over at the NY Times, Big Food vs. Big Insurance is plenty interesting - even if Pollan is "soooooo last year's slow foodie."
All this talk of growing our own is making me yearn for a way to spread the word. Oh, I don't know. Something colorful, a little retro and uber cool. Yup, these new American propaganda posters are just the ticket!
Oh yeah. Did I mention that I'm getting chickens?