So many people today go around spouting ecological reform and environmental activism, but how many put their money where their mouth is?
Yes, I have only recently begun donating 10% of my eco art sales to environmental causes. However--my interest in saving the environment goes a long way back. All the way to 1992, to be exact. That was the year I married Garry Glatz, who is, I'm here to tell you, one of this world's staunchest believers in getting the U.S. off of petroleum, and cutting down atmospheric carbon.
Before I met Garry, I was really unaware of a lot of that stuff, being too busy making a living as a single person. And I didn't fall right into step with my new husband's zeal; it took me a while to adopt his practices and ideals.
What truly put us "on the map" as environmentalists was the inception of a new family business in 2004. It was called Independence BioFuel, and we sold only heating fuel that contained a healthy amount of biofuel naturally produced from waste vegetable oils. Our company pioneered the use of biofuel in the Northeast, and we grew to a sizable company over four years. Then the economy tanked, and we could no longer compete against the big companies who had taken up the biofuel banner.
Were we dismayed? Of course. Dismayed, but not deterred. Now my husband is involved in a different means of cutting down petroleum consumption. He markets bio-engineered wood products that are more efficient, cleaner burning, and far more convenient than cord wood. So our beliefs have never changed. Eco art, then, was a natural for me.
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