Welcome to Blog Action Day. A day where blogger's around the globe talk about their personal thoughts and feeling about the environment. The goal is to get people talking, reflecting and hopefully changing to make our planet a safer, greener place to live, not only for us but for future generations.
To start this post I will let you know why the environmental movement is important to me? Me. As an individual. I thought about this a lot and it came down to one thing. Appreciation for God's work. I believe that living on this planet is a privilege and being a part of it is a gift. There is a scene from the movie Color Purple that sums up exactly how I feel:
"More than anything God love admiration."
"You saying God is vain?"
"No, not vain, just wanting to share a good thing. I think it pisses God off when you walk by the colour purple in a field and don't notice it."
"You saying it just wanna be loved like it say in the bible?"
"Yeah, Celie. Everything wanna be loved. Us sing and dance, and holla just wanting to be loved. Look at them trees. Notice how the trees do everything people do to get attention... except walk?"
"Oh, yeah, this field feels like singing!"
There is beauty all around us wanting to be loved. Just listen to the sound of trees swaying in the wind. The brillance of freshly fallen snow. The color of wild flowers. Just like us, it can't live without being taken care of and loved. Yes, we love the earth, but we aren't caring for it. We are slowly and surely destroying it. We are messing up...big time. You can't argue that. The proof is all around us. We can either ignore it, think we can't change it, accept it or try and change it. Personally, I want to try and change it. Not only for me (because I am selfish like that), but for my family and for God. To thank Him and let him know I notice and I want to take care of His gift. There are many more reasons, but I don't want to turn this post into an epic novel.
So what the hell am I doing? Well, one thing I will tell you is that I am not perfect. There is so much more I could be doing, but in reality I can only take so much change. For me I have to do it in baby steps. They are small, but they make me feel good. I don't need to see immediate results. I know the results will come. One thing I have done is eliminated using plastic bags at the grocery store. Instead, I use reusable cloth bags. At first I thought it was going to be a huge pain in the ass, but they are great!!!! I absolutely love them. You can fit a boat load of stuff in the bag and here is the best part!! Compared to a person who has twenty plastic bags to put in their car, I have three. Mine don't rip either! Plus, I am out of the parking lot before they are even halfway done loading their car. Ha!
My other change is buying organic when possible. Organic can be expensive so I try to purchase items that fit in my budget and items that I know if I don't chose organic is like digesting a bottle of drano. For instance, fruits that you eat the flesh (peaches, apples, etc) and salad. You know that there is no amount of washing that is going to get those chemcials out of there. Organic is important to me because of the health problems I've had in the past. Last year I was diganosed with two auto-immune disorders. This was a serious slap in the face to get my act together and start taking care of my body. This is a win-win. I am not only taking care of me (again, that selfish part), but in my little way I am supporting local and organic farmers. Supporting those people who are on the front lines of trying to make this planet better and healthier for all of us. Besides that, I am worth it damnit! Why don't I deserve the best? I do and now that I have that connection to food again I couldn't be happier. I get excited about cooking and trying new things! For the longest time it was so empty, boring and it was a struggle to come up with a menu. Why? Because I lost the connection.
To wrap it up - I want to live a life where I can enjoy the land, the air, and its offerings of beauty. To do that, I need to change. And you know what. It isn't that hard. Small steps my friends and what a journey it will be.