2007 According to Jessica Root: The Green Bubble
It took me a full year of living in Park Slope, Brooklyn to realize I was living in a progressive, green bubble. As I discovered more about my new neighborhood, I came to relish the fact that I live only a handful of blocks away from eco-boutiques Green Jeans and 3r Living, local, organic eatery Applewood and the Park Slope food co-op. I smiled so wide it hurt when I found out my neighborhood yoga studio participated in MoveOn.org's recent screening party of An Inconvenient Truth, and just a few days ago, my new landlord (without yet knowing that I work for TreeHugger) chatted my ear off about how she's moved to New York to get a degree in green architecture. That same day, a new neighborhood friend e-mailed me a link to his new website, greenbrooklyn.com. I thought to myself, "Finally, it's all happening."Little did I realize how big my "bubble" had become. Over the holidays, my Rush Limbaugh-loving, suburb-dwelling, conservative grandma (who, by the way, gets snarky when she's reminded I left corporate America for a position at Treehugger) gave me a bag of organic, fair trade coffee for Christmas and then told me to never use disposable diapers, if and when I have children.
"I mean, can you imagine all the diapers in the world piling up?" she said. It seemed my green bubble was scarcely a bubble at all. I predict that in 2007, I am going to hear much more from the same "least expected to go green" sources and I won't sound so shocked.