The City of Fort Lauderdale has launched a campaign to incorporate green living habits. The sustainability plan's three-word rhyming moniker, Green Your Routine, was a big influence for our annual Green Issue. You may have noticed the conveniently placed bicycle racks (like the one we photographed for the cover) throughout the city.
Here at Society Scene, we know that life is already quite full so we understand that you don't always have time to ride your bicycle to work – or that you live in Broward but work in Palm. We understand that living a green life – a lifestyle with minimal footprint on our environment – can sometimes feel like more work than it's worth.
But, Society Scene – typically devoted to coverage of charity events – sees firsthand how small efforts can easily add up to huge impacts. Not everyone can donate hundreds of dollars to a nonprofit, but if hundreds of people can attend one event thousands of dollars can be raised.
I'm a firm believer that charity begins at home – and, like charity, being green and caring for our environment begins with every one of us. I can't always ride my bicycle to work or take the train to events in Palm Beach, but I do when I can. And if everyone does this when they can, we have the potential to make a big difference for our generation and those to come.
Scene & Be Seen includes coverage from recent events that supported the environment – like Guy Harvey with the Sea Turtle Oversight Protection group (STOP) and other locals including Society Scene Publisher Stacy Ostrau planting sea oats on the beach last weekend during the Tortuga Music Festival.
Our resident movie buff, assistant editor Keisha Hatchett, uses the upcoming release of "Avatar" at MODS' IMAX theater as a metaphor for what's taking place in our own planet.
The fashionable Joanie Cox-Henry shares some of the latest beauty products and companies that are not just reducing their carbon footprint but giving back to the environment in ways that consumers can feel good about.
I recently moved into a bigger apartment and had more space than furniture. In creative – and sometimes questionable – circumstances I found myself scanning yard sales and bulk trash nights in the neighborhood. Surprisingly, furnishing my new nest was easier (and cheaper) than I'd imagined. Photographer Kara Starzyk captured some of my repurposed home décor on page 16.
In addition to our regular calendar of nonprofit events we've compiled a page of upcoming green-minded events and activities to help you celebrate Earth month and Earth Day on April 22.
And because the world works better when we work together, several pages feature local activists and what they're doing to make a difference for our community's footprint.
Closing out the issue, we leave you with 10 simple ways to green your own routine.
The truth is, life can be quite hectic and complicated at times. So instead of adding to that, we encourage readers this year to take small steps, make them habitual, teach them to younger generations. The goal is that one day all of these small efforts will eventually lead to big impacts, intrinsically embedded in our lives – as natural as the water we drink and the air we breathe.
For more information and ways to be green, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/gyr.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun