Saturday, April 22, 2006

Happy Earth Day

I've celebrated Earth Day for years, but this is perhaps the first year where I can sit back, survey my lifestyle, and say: "I am doing SO MUCH that I can for the Earth." Instead of just patting myself on the back for recycling (which is wonderful for starters!) I can recognize my commitment to natural cleaning products, our energy reduction efforts, the Pod (Hybrid Insight), eating local and organic, supporting natural and organic textile production, reducing our meat consumption by 99%, conserving water, rain gardens, rain barrels, using canvas bags... We're really doing our part. I found great article on "Cheap Greens", a primer for beginning organic gardeners. Of course anyone looking to get into organic gardening should follow Beo's blog too. This is an incredibly fulfilling way to make a big dent in your impact on the environment.

If there are people out there still asking why environmentalism matters, I would encourage them to do a little research. If you care about wildlife, watch Journey to Planet Earth, a PBS documentary. It's rather shocking. If you care about people or ecosystem, take a look at the National Geographic article from March 2006 on Mountaintop Mining. It gives a good example, albeit just a glimpse of the big picture, of what our country's greed for cheap energy is doing.

Looking for more ways to make a difference? Here are a few ideas:
  • Recycle, if you don't already. Find out what resources are available in your area.
  • Go Organic. Everything you consume that you can choose Organic makes a difference.
  • Buy Local. Support your local family farms while reducing the impact that your food transportation creates.
  • Turn off the lights. Even we forget sometimes, but really think about which ones you need.
  • Conserve water. Install rain gardens, or rain barrels, or just turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
  • Eat less meat. The environmental impact of meat is simply staggering.
  • For more ideas, visit

On behalf of the planet, thank you for all that you do. Each small action affects us all. Have a Blessed Earth Day!


e4 said...

Great advice, and great links. It's nice to see there are some people out there trying to be aware of the impact of what they do, and doing everything they can.

If you want a really scary form of motivation to do everything you can (and you don't mind losing some sleep), read this.

I'm usually a pretty optimistic person. And I love a good doomsday story almost as much as a good conspiracy theory. But I like the ones I can laugh at. I don't like the ones that are so convincing.

That site changed the way I look at a lot of things. It kicked me into high gear on sustainable living, doing more with less, conserving, recycling, the whole package. It also made me scared and sad. I'm always hesitant to even share it... but there it is.

Mia said...

Thank you for sharing the site--what amazes me is that people are so darn blind to this reality. All we can do is the best we can to do our part, and keep screaming--in whatever way--until others start to listen too.

Suzer said...

Thank you for including eating less meat on your list! I have been a vegetarian for 12 years because of enviornmental and animal rights reasons. It's nice to see other people support that!