We are a diverse group of women who practice and promote sustainable, healthful & holistic living because we are concerned about the health of the environment and how that affects the development and health of our children. Most of our moms actively promote sustainability and natural living, not only through our meetings, but by being involved in the greater community.
This group is about fostering a community oriented toward intrinsic values by offering a forum for open-minded discussions about the common goals we have for our families, our community and the future of the environment. It is not about eco-perfectionism, comparisons or judgments. Our membership is culturally and experientially diverse, spanning many shades of "green" and representing different steps toward holistic living, and individuals are encouraged to be supportive and accepting of even the smallest effort and progress!
Our Lehigh Valley group is part of an international group of EcoMoms, but we are completely autonomous in how we hold our meetings, topics, and events. Locally, we are focused on creating a supportive and sustainable parenting community among current, expecting and future mothers. Our activism is primarily non-confrontational. Instead, we directly engage with individuals, businesses, schools, and other community organizations to promote change.
While we hold a wide variety of meetings, ranging from play dates to Moms' Night Out, our most stimulating and inspiring conversations happen over coffee at our monthly Coffee Chat. These monthly evening gatherings usually occur at a local sustainable business or a member’s home. Occasionally, we follow an agenda or invite a speaker, but usually our conversation is informal and guided by the concerns of the time. Spring time is a time for discussions on healthful, local eating. The cold weather and closed windows of winter generally bring about discussions of indoor air pollution. At any point, a mother may consider using cloth diapers, and we offer ideas and encouragement. Another mother may be discouraged by the rising cost of organic and healthy food, and we offer support on how to give her family the best choices possible. That is why we gather - to inspire and empower each other to healthfully nourish our families, and as a direct result, minimize our environmental impact and create a sustainable future. In the process, we forge meaningful friendships. Together, we seek to share and gain knowledge, and find and offer support for even the smallest effort and progress.
Women have been instrumental in the environmental movement from the beginning. We are often the primary caregivers, and the health of our children is in our hands. We also control up to 80% of the purchases in our homes, giving us a powerful consumer voice. But the most effective avenue we have for change is by teaching our children, the next generation, to live responsibly and sustainably through example and open-minded discussion. As both role models and a powerful market force, women in the Lehigh Valley are quietly mobilizing to foster an environmentally, socially and economically vibrant and healthy future.
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