Wednesday, April 21, 2010

earth day 2010

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Tomorrow (April 22nd) is Earth Day- yet another day we've set aside to remind ourselves to take care of our Mother, as she does us each and every day. Earth Day for me symbolizes a time to step back from your everyday existence and to see the bigger picture. It's a time to ask, "what kind of
reactions are my actions causing?". Just as many people reflect and write resolutions for themselves on New Years Day, this is an opportunity to choose just ONE change you can make for the betterment of yourself, the planet, the animals, the plants, your children and children's children.

On Earth Day 2010, stand up and remember that what you do does make a difference. We are one and we are many.

Here are some ideas for resolutions. Please leave any other suggestions below in the comment section to get people inspired.

I will bring my green bags with me to the grocery store every time I shop for food, clothes or anything else.

I will browse my local Op Shop/second-hand store first before buying something new.

I will cook and eat a vegetarian/vegan meal X number of times per week.

I will walk/ride/take public transport to work X number of times per week instead of driving.

I will not throw recyclables away- even if I am out and about on the street and there is no recycling bin to be found.

I will hang my clothes to dry whenever possible instead of throwing them in the dryer.

I will buy fairtrade chocolate and coffee.

I will buy organic food whenever possible.

I will buy handmade products from my local community as often as possible.

I will think about the possibility of re-purposing, upcycling or re-using an item before I throw it out.

I will stop using pesticides on my lawn or in my garden.

I will set up a worm farm or compost heap to compost our food.

I will think, question and come up with alternatives before I buy cheap plastic toys, plastic cutlery, gadgets, gizmos, jewelry or any other fleeting objects that will most likely be thrown out within a year.

I will switch to using cloth nappies (diapers).

I will decrease the amount of pre-packaged products I buy at the grocery store.

I suggest choosing just one goal for yourself or your family and committing to it whole-heartedly for as long as you think you realistically can- a week, a month or maybe even a year. It may be such a simple change that it organically becomes part of your everyday lifestyle as opposed to remaining to be a constant and conscious effort. Write your resolution down and stick it somewhere where you'll be confronted with it everyday- the bathroom mirror, the back of the bathroom door, the refridgerator or above your desk.

"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible"- Voltaire



dixiebelle said...

Awesome list! I am trying to find time to do something like this on my blog, list some different Challenges people could do, but I will link to your page instead! This is a great blog post!

Happy Earth Day for tomorrow... I will be at our Playdates for the Planet Earth Day Event, trying to wrangle kids doing recycled craft, tell some eco-stories with the Grumpkins I am making, and chat to (hopefully) new members for our playgroup!!

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Your Earth Day post is wonderful.

Kristi said...

Happy Earth Day! Like all the new changes to your blog, it looks really good. I noticed you have a sponsor, I am on my way to check it out.

Lola Nova said...

Wonderful list! Thank you for posting this!

We are mindful of all these things, we try our best to follow all the items on your list. When our girl was still in nappies, I even made many cloth ones from recycled (safe) materials.

Here are a couple of things we have been working on here in our neck of the woods:

We just planted 2 trees on our parking strip next to the road through a non-profit volunteer organization called "Friends of Trees".

We are disconnecting our downspouts and setting up a water catchment system to use for our garden (we get so much rain here that it seems an obvious choice).

We have expanded our garden plots to grow even more of our own food.

We buy in the bulk section of our natural food store re-using containers as much as possible.

We try to re-use any packaging from food stuffs in our arts and crafts projects with the small one and often donate these items to our preschool where they are used in activities (toilet paper rolls, yogurt containers etc.)

Happy Earth Day to you and yours!

Lola Nova said...

Oh...and planting Bee, Butterfly and Bird friendly native plants!

Mrs B said...

Happy Earth Day!! :-)
Our aims for this year are to expand our veggie patches, plant more fruit and native trees, and to get big water tanks put in for our toilet and washing machine.

Today we are off to some local celebrations aimed at children.

Tracey said...

Happy Earth Day! So glad to see people supporting such a wonderful day.

Drewzel said...

I haven't got any suggestions, but just wanted to say how much I like this post - the suggestions are practical and do-able! Thank you!

Levin said...

i love the list - and i love that i do most of them - without really trying :)

i'm trying to be green for all sorts of reasons, but honestly, i love the feeling you have at the end of the day when you know you've been kind to the earth. it makes for a good sleep :)


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