Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Who is this lady and what is she talking about?

Wow, where do I start?

Well, first I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Tawnya Anderson and I live in Maryland with my husband of almost two years. Most people call me by my middle name, Denise, but my daughter just calls me “mmmmmma ma ma ma ma!" Speaking of my daughter, her name is Layla and she is seven months old. Personally, I think she’s the most adorable baby on the planet, but I admit I’m biased.

Layla’s birth changed my life in so many ways. I’d always considered myself a pretty healthy and “green” person. I grew up in Hampton, Virginia, and the Hampton Roads area is a very environmentally conscious region. I remember when the city first implemented its recycling program when I was a child. All residents were required to participate, and if your recycling bin was not at the curb on collection day you had to pay a fee. As a result, I’m a faithful recycler to this day. I’ve been a vegetarian for 17 years because I feel it’s a healthier and more earth-friendly way of living. I bring my own bags to the grocery store (when I remember). I respect nature deeply and I guess you could say I’m a stereotypical tree-hugger. However, having my daughter opened my eyes to so many other aspects of green living that I’d never considered. If you’re not a mom, let me tell you that motherhood makes you worry about and research EVERYTHING. And I found that when I became a mother I got increasingly concerned about the environment in which my daughter would be living. I’d like for this blog to not only be a place for me to chronicle my experiences trying to raise a “green” baby, but also collaborate with others about how we can all live a little greener.

Additionally, I’d like to for this blog to function as a place for advocacy and social awareness. I’m African-American (if you couldn’t tell by my profile picture), and I am incredibly disturbed by the lack of environmental concern or awareness among some (by no means all) members of the African-American community. Moreover, it pains me that more people don’t realize how marginalized communities specifically are negatively impacted by pollution and ecologically unfriendly practices. I will be exploring issues of environmental racism in this blog. I am also a devout Christian, and one of my biggest pet-peeves about the church is its failure to address environmental issues. I believe our faith calls us to be good stewards of the home God has given us, especially when we consider how our neglect of the planet affects “the least of these.” Through this blog I intend to lovingly take communities of faith to task on the subject.

While I have some strong views, I do intend to express them with as much respect and tenderness as possible. It is not my intention to present my lifestyle as the ideal to which all people should strive. By no means do I have it all together, so if what you’re doing is working for you, then I’m all for it. I have nothing but respect for people of differing views and I invite all to connect and vibe with me, even if we disagree. All I want to do is inspire thought and invite others to consider how these things affect them, their children, and their world. So with that, I welcome you and look forward to connecting with you!

7 comments:

Dominique said...

Finally!!! I am also a mother trying to raise a "green" baby. Before having my daughter I wasn't too concerned about being green, I heard all of the hype but was to busy doing my own thing. After having her my entire life changed!! One of my favorite blog for eco-friendly moms is safemama.com. I'll definitely be adding this blog to my daily list!! BTW...my little ones name is Layla also and she quite the handful at 19mths!!!

T. D. Anderson -- said...

Dominique, welcome, welcome, welcome! And thank you so much for the resource. I already see some things on safemama.com that are going to be extremely helpful. And I just know your Layla is adorable... I think it's the name ;-)

Hilary said...
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Hilary said...

Whoops! Technical difficulties there. Here's what I meant to say --> Numbah! Welcome to the blogosphere. I am so impressed with you and with the message you are sharing. I, too, bring my cloth bags to the grocery store, recycle, and do what I can to be more green. It's all about small steps adding up to big ones, right? Big hugs to little Layla. Take care and come visit me at www.hilarywithonel.blogspot.com --

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Elaine Montgomery said...

That's my girl!!!! Love the new blog. Looking forward to hearing from you often

~Y said...

Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! I love this!!! I had no idea u even had a blog, let alone a GREEN baby blog!!!! Im so glad u created this!!!!

~Yakini