Hello, I’m Julia. I am a researcher, writer, language teacher and household manager in Seattle. In the past, I traveled the world, but now I let my anthropologist friends, colleagues and former students do it for me. Through their eyes and yours, I re-think how our species can slow and stop climate change and contamination of our ecosystem. I write about sustainable lifestyles around the world, new green technology, organic food and gardening, reusable products, and ways to reduce our waste and energy use.
The blog has four sections:
Here I explore my own mindset and that of others’ around the world.
What does it mean to try to be “sustainable”? How do we balance our desire to reduce waste and energy use with other goals and time-limitations we have? What cultural ideas — about what is yucky, boring, or beneath us — get in the way of the lifestyle shifts that need to happen? And what aspects of our lifestyles actually make us happy?
As a wife and parent, I deal with many topics such as groceries, cooking, diapering, clothing, laundry, home maintenance, renovation and repair, budgeting, investing, gardening and composting. In this section, I share what I’m finding out about sustainable practices, energy reduction, and reusable products as well as tips I’ve learned from others.
I have a long way to go to get to the level of “green” I’d like to be, so I hope you’ll join me on this journey of home improvement!
Our infrastructure and municipal services have a big impact on our carbon footprints.
The fabric of our communities and the extent to which we participate in a sharing economy also matter. In this section, I look at how communities work together to help all their members lead greener, more fulfilling lifestyles.
Exciting technological innovations are on the horizon.
We can live the modern lifestyles we want while also saving energy and preventing waste. I share news of people who are re-thinking cars, public transit, alternative energy, batteries, agriculture, and biodiversity in flora and fauna. The better we understand our world and our place in it as humans, the more sustainably we can live.
To “Re-think Green” is to imagine and then implement big changes. Please join me in building happier and healthier lives for ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world.