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CoolMom News - May 2014

Bike to Everywhere, Mother's Day, Give Big!


Hi Valued Customer, 


Giving Big – To CoolMom Tuesday, May 6th


I recently attended a meeting where we were talking about how to engage women on Climate Change. 


I was incredibly happy to be apart of that conversation. The first time I learned about CoolMom, I thought, “why moms?” I got a great answer – moms control about 80% of the spending decisions in households in this country. 


I know for my family, we make big decisions together with a lot of thought and discussion. However, there are so many more decisions that I have to make all day every day which set the tone for how we live our lives: buying local food, biking my son to school, walking to the book store instead of driving, taking the bus to the library, what kind of light bulbs we buy. The balance of the climate of the planet isn’t made or broken on any one of these decisions. However, they do create that ripple effect that sets a tone, creates a conversation (which you often have to have a number of times) where I have an answer when my son groans about biking home after pick-up. 

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Then I met some of the women who’ve been involved! Some are political, and incredibly informed. They were already doing so much on their own: whether they had solar panels on their roofs, or launching the groups in their kids’ schools to get their Washington Green Schools certification. But I also met a few who didn’t really think about politics – they knew that walking or biking to school makes sense, and they wanted to learn how to make that happen safely for their kids. 


I love the idea of someone having a wish or hope and being able to make that happen. From there, that person inspires others to come along. Then you quickly move to asking bigger questions like, “How can we safely walk to school without decent sidewalks? We need to talk to someone about fixing this!” 


There are countless moms who don't realize the power they have. CoolMom is uniquely positioned to invite them into the conversation and empower them to start changing the world, with those every day decisions then help to bring the bigger change that we urgently need.


We have some ambitious goals to expand beyond Seattle. We want to reach out into other parts of the Puget Sound area.  We have one of the "greenest" governors in the country.  With your help, we can leverage that advantage to work with families to accomplish great things, one step at a time.


If you can dig a little deeper, and give to CoolMom through the Seattle Foundation’s Give Big campaign on TUESDAY, MAY 6TH, the Seattle Foundation will also contribute on top of that. This will make a difference for our ability to expand our reach and help other moms take those steps for their families and our climate. 


Thank you! Learn more here.


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CoolMom Team


Welcome to Bike Month! 



Great news! CoolMom and Zero Waste WA received funding to promote car seat recycling. If you want to help or know more, contact KimberlyC@coolmom.org


Tip of the Month

Getting started in the garden.


Green Events Around the Sound


Saturday & Sunday, May 3rd and 4th
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Meridian Park
4649 Sunnydside Ave N

Sunday, May 4th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Food, music. fun, and support the bees, pollinators, and our environment.  There will even be a parade!
Parade ends at:
Commons Park
31st Ave SW & SW Graham St

Tuesday, May 6th
Starting at noon, the Seattle Foundation will match all gifts to CoolMom, double your gift, and double our impact!


Friday, May 9th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wallingford Senior Center
Good Shepard Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N

Sunday, May 11th
Family Mother's Day Ride
12:00 pm
Starting at Flo Ware Park
330 28th Ave S.
Learn more and rsvp here.

Tuesday, May 13th 
6:30 pm
Cinerama Theater
2100 4th Ave
Seattle
Join Gov. Jay Inslee and activists from Fuse and Washington Conservation Voters for a free screening of “Years of Living Dangerously” at Cinerama in Seattle.

Sunday, May 18th
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Alki Point in West Seattle
West Seattle shuts down most streets on Alki Point to car traffic allowing bicycles, walkers, and any other non-motorized vehicles enjoy the beach and community in West Seattle to kick off summer!

Saturday, May 17th
Owl Prowl!
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Seward Park
Seward Park Audubon Center hosts a guided evening full moon walk to find owls.  Learn more here.  The cost is $10 and scholarships are available.

Friday, May 23rd
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
1625 118 Ave SE
Bellevue
$15 / person

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, May 27th - 29th
Low Tide Beach Exploration
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Various locations around the sound.  
The Seattle Aquarium hosts a walk through low tide and all the life in the sound.  Learn more here.



Group Updates

West Seattle CoolMoms


The West Seattle CoolMoms held a family movie night with Plant for the Planet, Sustainable West Seattle, and West Seattle Meaningful Movies.  They watched, "Taking Root", provided childcare, and plan to have another movie night in the summer.  They are also looking for anyone who may want to help with the West Seattle Bee Festival.  Please contact ws.coolmom@gmail.com with the subject for more details!

 

Also if you'd like to help or just want to know more about the happenings in West Seattle, please contact: 

 ws.coolmom@gmail.com

 


North Seattle CoolMoms


If you live in the Seattle area, and are interested in sustainable schools, consider joining the North Seattle CoolMom Yahoo  group or the Green Your School Seattle Facebook page.

 

Please email KimberlyC@coolmom.org if you would like to join our yahoogroup where we list upcoming volunteer opportunities and activities.












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