A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook that she's torn about considering having a child when the world is the way it is with genetically modified food, pollution, crooked politicians, big business, etc, etc, etc. These things definitely crossed my mind when I was trying to get pregnant, and Dennis would say, "There's always going to be something to overcome and that's no reason not to have a baby. People in the 1960's went through way more social turmoil than we have, and they still had babies. It's probably one of the best times ever to have a baby." I agree with him, but I still worry about our planet, what humans are doing to it, and what that means for my child(ren) and grandchildren.
I'm not much of an activist beyond signing petitions. I feel small and ineffectual and like there's not much I can do. But I do what I can. We have curbside recycling at our new house and I LOVE IT!!! We switched to Green Mountain Energy years ago, so I don't feel so bad about running our air conditioner. I drive an old gas guzzling SUV, but at least I'm closer to work now. We plan on buying bicycles soon, and Houston buses are bike friendly, so I may be able to bike to work someday. A side note, Houston recently implemented a bike share program that's pretty cool. Buying organic food has also become a priority especially since Jack is getting solids now. And yesterday I found the coolest app for my iPhone, Buycott. This app literally lets you put your money where your mouth is.
Buycott allows the user to either boycott companies whose business practices go against something they believe in or to support companies whose business practices go along with what they believe in. The app has a UPC scanner and can trace any product to it's parent company. You can sign up to participate in campaigns for different causes and the app will automatically tell you if the product you want to buy is in line with your beliefs. The Huffington Post has a great article about it here. So far, I've only signed up for anti-Monsanto/GMO campaigns. I feel like if I sign up for too many campaigns I won't be able to buy anything, and I'm all about making changes gradually so the changes have a better chance of sticking.
I've only used this app once and I'm already in love with it. I feel much more confident with my buying power and I actually feel like I could be making a measurable difference in the world. The big companies with big lobbying power are essentially funded by the people and I'm happy to know that I'll be taking a little bit of their funding away. This feels like the kind of small step that could really stick and create real change. Buycott is a free app. Download it. Use it. Join me in actually making a change. Put your money where your mouth is.