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Inspire green living in your community. (Family Jump, by Evil Erin, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. © 2008, Evil Erin.)

"I'd love to do more, I just don't know where to start!" It's a common sentiment and a fundamental challenge in achieving a more sustainable reality.

Luckily, inspiration abounds. I'm talking about you!

Queen of Green coaches across the country are helping their neighbours start. With our coaches by their side, families have already started composting, gardening and cooking from scratch. Kids are spending more time exploring nature with their families. Communities are coming together for neighbourhood cleanups. People have started making cleaners, making bread and making change!

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What's more — the change sticks! Turns out you're a powerful force in the lives of people around you. When you invite them to try a new, greener way of living, they accept. When you support their efforts, they double them. And when they know you care, they do, too. After working with coaches, 97% of participating families said they plan to continue to make green living choices.

This spring, ten more Queens (or Kings) of Green will join the 15 coaches who've already set others on the path to green living. Want to be one of them?

You don't need to be an expert to be a Queen of Green coach. Just recruit five families in your community and guide them through four green living modules over three months. Share your knowledge and passion about food, waste, toxins and community building (we'll help!) and guide families toward more sustainable choices.

You'll learn something, too! Our community of green coaches meets me online bi-weekly to review material and learn from experts.

Of course, you don't need to be an official coach to be a catalyst for change. If you know triclosan in antibacterial soap is harmful to our health and environment or have taken measures to minimize food waste or built a bee-friendly garden, you have valuables begging to be shared.

It takes courage to make change and courage to guide others towards change, but when we build community around that change — it's an incredibly rewarding experience. As a green coach or just as a caring friend, here are a few tips for greening your neighbours:

Invite participation. Whether hosting a clothing swap or starting a compost bin, ask others to join.
Meet people where they are. No judgement, please. Remember everyone is doing his or her best.
Keep it simple. A lifestyle overhaul isn't most people's idea of fun, but small changes can lead to so much more!

Tovah Paglaro, a fellow Queen of Green

February 11, 2013
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2013/02/you-inspire-change/

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