Photos by Rhea Weinstein
“The environment is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.” Lady Bird Johnson
After a day of rest and mind work, we were off to a construction site to engage in the physical labor of building a Waldorf School. The project is a community inspired, parent initiative—a grassroots environmental project. The building design embodies all the best practices of sutstainable construction including hay bale walls and an earthen roof. Our parent leader Jerry Laker gave us an overview of these building methods and quickly involved us in the down and dirty heavy lifting. The project gave us a sense of our own capabilities and demonstrated how possible the impossible can be when a small community desires to make change happen—-the only way to move forward when government and society as a whole won’t. These grassroots efforts may be our best hope for positive environmental impact.