Thursday, April 22, 2010
I saw this quote today on Coffee Rings Everywhere, run by the crazy-busy hobbyist-mother Not Enough Hours. I looked it up, and it is actually an Ancient Native American Proverb.
I knew, of course, that today was Earth Day. I have seen the small festivals planned for this evening, and decided against them in favor of planting a vegetable garden with my children in our own backyard. I mean, we can celebrate with non-biodegradable balloons, or we can grow our own food and replenish the earth. Hmmm...
I have seen many Earth Day posts today. Each time I read one, a bit more guilt set in. Why didn't I post about Earth Day today? I asked myself. But, I already posted today. And I did the Carbon Neutral Blog last week, so I brushed the questions aside.
And then I saw NEH's post. And that quote. And I realized--today really is important. We spent all weekend planting flowers and tending our yard. On Tuesday I shopped at Whole Foods and took out the recycling. Wednesday, we made our own strawberry yogurt, popsicles, and pie.
There is a lot I can say about becoming self-sustaining. There is a lot I can do to decrease my footprint on this Earth. We are paying for all of the industrial mistakes of our ancestors, and our children will pay for ours. So let's make them as few as possible, and fix the ones we can.
Start small. Start with your own life. Maybe you don't have space to plant a garden, but surely you can fill a recycling bin once a week. Go from there. Do you drink coffee? Buy bamboo filters instead of paper--bamboo is a renewable resource, and they are maybe 50 cents more expensive.
Today's original post is just below. Feel free to check it out and comment, as I will be responding to those comments as well!
Posted by Michele Emrath at 10:48 AM