Several factors shifted for me when I became a new mom. First, I wanted the safest products, the best food, and a healthy environment for my daughter. Second, having worked full time amongst my peers and co-workers for years, I was suddenly on my own during the day with this precious little bundle...I certainly did not want to feel isolated. I think this is a given for many new moms.
Lynn Miller, founder of Organic Mania was also inspired to provide the best when she brought new life into the world. As a result she took it upon herself to tackle both of these issues. She started a carnival. But don't expect to find cotton candy, corn dogs and carnies at this gathering.
A carnival in the blogosphere, is a rotating series that relates to a specific topic and is posted on a regular basis. As Lynn was reserching the best "green" products it occured to her that other moms might also benefit from reading about the information she was collecting. So she started blogging (like 36 million other women). She soon discovered that women, especially mothers were equally concerned about the future of our planet and many were blogging about their own insights and findings, yet a site to connect these eco-mom writers did not exist. So, she launched the Green Moms Carnival to connect the top "green" mom bloggers. In addition to educating women, the carnival has also created a virtual community that connects women across the world.
According to Lynn's website, the mission of the Green Moms Carnival "is to unite bloggy voices around one environmentally-conscious theme per month, knowing that if we repeat the same green messages at the same time, it increases the likelihood that our eco-conscious messages will be heard, understood and adopted by more people." The Green Moms Carnival recently rewarded with a Shorty Award for the best green content.
See Jane Do interviewed three mothers who are an integral part of this progressive web-based program; Lynn Miller, Jennifer Taggert, author of the Smart Mama's Green Guide and Lisa Frack, the online parent organizer for the Environmental Working Group.
In our interview, Lynn, Jennifer and Lisa each share their unique story that personally motivated them to do more in order to protect their children and the planet. These everyday extraordinary women also provide action items we can all practice right now to get make a difference.
Happy Earth Day!