April 22, 2011

Earth Day

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity.”
– Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day

Along with our connection to other people we should also be connected to the earth. Our natural resources are not unlimited and we need to have a healthy respect for the earth and the other living creatures we share it with.

As I learn more about the Pagan beliefs and in trying to incorporate them into my life I realize that this has always meant something to me. I love being outside. I feel energized and more calm when I am outside.

I have started to change the way I do things. I realize I can make a small difference in my own way, in my own community. And by talking about it in this forum. I can encourage everyone to respect the earth. Each person doing a small part helps, locally and globally.

Start with something small if you're not already. The little things add up.

Have a great weekend y'all.


anne marie in philly said...

at my house, we have been carrying reuseable shopping bags for 25 years.

we have also swiched all the light bulbs to the CFL type.

we have purchased more energy efficient appliances (fridge, dishwasher, central air, gas heater).

and we put out trash only once a month; the recycle bin goes out every week stuffed to the gills (we have single streeam recycling).

we don't purchase what we don't need (e.g., huge tv flat panel when we don't even watch tv).

we can get 2 weeks out of a full tank of gas in our cars (currently $3.89/gal up here).

the laundry is done in cold water.

I am sure I am missing some things; I am interested in what other commenters will say.

Kyle said...

Jim, thanks for doing a post remembering this very important day. Online coverage this year is pretty slim.

anne marie in philly said...

dammit, I forgot the low-flush toilets and the low-flow showerhead.

cooking/eating at home and not wasting what has been cooked.

Ur-spo said...

I try to do lots of little things, I just hope it makes a difference.