Pope Francis’ visit to the US was nothing short of amazing, regardless of a person’s beliefs, he seemed to touch the hearts of so many. I, myself found myself crying and reading daily about his journey. What touched me is his understanding of where we are now, and his warning of ” not repeating our errors of the past”. Seems so simple and yet, so many can’t see this.
Affordable housing is another passion of mine, green affordable housing of course. While visiting the Tiny house and the Freight Container house exhibit here in Asheville. I realized how efficient and cozy, elegant and doable these homes are.
I’ve studied tiny houses and container homes for years, I just hadn’t had an opportunity to visit them. I felt a sense of hope for our future, a sense of pride for my community, and strong sense of connection within myself to continue to follow my passions in life.
Then I read Pope Francis’ quote. “There is no justification whatsoever” for lack of housing.
He called for “the right use of natural resources and the proper application of technology” to build an inclusive, sustainable and modern economy.
I felt relief and tears of joy at the same time! I felt a sense of connection. Finally! A part of me said.
I started the It’s Hip To Be Green line phrase in 2006 to do just that. It hasn’t been easy, and I won’t give up. BEING Green is so much more than action, it is heartfelt compassion for human rights, the earth and all of it’s inhabitants, it is the future of our children’s lives. It is a healthy attitude, way of life, belief system and total commitment. Being Green is more than just buying green. It truly is a being-ness that emits from within.
I would have loved to have been there, to hear it in person, see him, thank him for his “wake up call” to our government, to hold them accountable for more than just the 1%, for the 99% on this planet. Our home, something I truly do love, from the bottom of my heart.
I’m so grateful for this opportunity to be a part of this movement!!