Jana Segal is an environmental advocate and blogger.
I was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom while also pursuing my passions of writing and filmmaking. The natural transition was writing reviews of meaningful films — which led to seeing a lot of documentaries. This was the beginning of my education on environmental issues. It also opened my eyes to what is happening politically in our country. I had always recycled, but it was really Facebook that introduced me to sustainable living practices like zero waste, desert gardening with heritage seeds, and desert harvesting. As my boys grew like weeds, so did my interest in edible weeds!
As my boys got older, I had more time to devote to reading up on and attending lectures and conferences on climate change. Then my new husband, Dan Stormont, and I toured Watershed Management Group’s living lab and that changed our lives. Dan joined their co-op to learn everything he could about “planting the rain” by installing rainwater harvesting and greywater systems. We used that knowledge to irrigate our landscape and little garden. I shared our adventures in becoming more sustainable on our blog: http://www.sustainablelivingtucson.org/
As we got more involved in the sustainable community, we saw the necessity for advocating for clean energy, conservation, and sound water policies. I used social media to spread information and calls to action. I became a citizen advocate attending Pima County Department of Environmental Quality meetings, among others. I started https://desktopactivisttucson.blogspot.com/ where I post daily calls to action on social justice and environmental issues. Dan is now the co-op manager at WMG. This year Dan and I joined the core team of Sustainable Tucson where I head the Environmental Advocacy Group.