Today, we celebrate Earth Day. Perhaps you’re marking the occasion by attending a volunteer clean-up event in your neighborhood, talking with your children about recycling, or choosing to bike to work, all in the name of environmental stewardship. Here in the WordPress community, we’re lucky to have bloggers covering everything from sustainability, to homesteading, to organic gardening and farming, to a whole host of environmental concerns and issues all year long.
Let’s take a look at how several bloggers choose to go green:
“Lindsay McNamara has been interested in the environment all her life.” So reads the first line of the “About Lindsay” section of 20-something environmentalist, and even a quick glance at her blog reveals a young woman full of enthusiasm, passion, and intelligence about the work she’s doing. Her blog reflects her focus on the environment with smart customizations on our most popular theme, Twenty Ten. Not only has Lindsay chosen a custom header for her blog, but we love the leafy green custom background she’s picked. Additionally, Lindsay uses the tag cloud widget to help readers find what they’re looking for, as well as draw even more attention to her blog’s tight focus.
Aimee Fahey, the EcoGrrl from Portland, Oregon, covers topics as diverse as organic gardening, career changes, interviews with fascinating and inspiring people, and other subjects related to thoughtful environmental stewardship. Aimee’s content reflects her site’s tagline: “simplicity, discovery, sustainability, equity, creativity.” She’s chosen the premium theme A Simpler Time, which mirrors her personality and warmth. Aimee also makes good use of the custom menu at the top of her blog, with several different navigation options for her readers. This premium theme’s largely green-on-green color scheme, as well as the casual and inviting fonts, are well-suited for this EcoGrrl.
On the blog Food (Policy) for Thought, we’re privy to “a grad student’s musings on sustainable food systems, agriculture, and more!” This blog is a fascinating academic repository of thoughtful posts on everything from solutions to childhood obesity to the importance of livestock production in developing countries. The blog’s author, Janina, chose the theme Yoko for her blog, and interestingly enough, did not alter the header photograph that comes standard with the blog. This is an instance, however, of the existing header being perfect for the blog in question. The up-close picture of the dew-softened leaves is beautiful and fitting. Janina streamlines the blog by making it two columns versus the standard three. This change results in a layout that is clean and easy to navigate, making sure that there are no distractions to inhibit the blog’s important topic and message.
More blogs to explore for Earth Day
Want more examples of WordPress.com bloggers going green? Check out the below:
ClimateSight is home to Kate, a self-described “young climate scientist,” who started her blog at 16 and continues her work today to bridge the gap between “scientific and public knowledge on climate change.” Happy Simply celebrates a lifestyle of focusing on the simple things, including a small sustainable dwelling, while Little Home in the Big City tracks the adventures of a couple homesteading in Milwaukee. Finally, Fiona Grows Food follows the Irish Fiona as she learns the ins and outs of gardening.