“Change starts with awareness and once infected with knowledge the mind can never return to ignorance.” – Rebecca Costa, The Watchman’s Rattle
Today is an Earth Day, another day to open our eyes to the sad statistics of how our planet is getting polluted by us humans. We feel that this profound conversation shouldn’t just be happening on this day, but every day of the year. Taking care of our Mother Nature is not just our responsibility but it’s our privilege. If we all collectively stepped up to honor our promises to protect our Mother, we could sustain our lives here for generations to come.
So what can you do?
Here are just few things you can do every day to connect and to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment. Of course, there are many other ways you can be a responsible citizen of this planet.
1. Take at least 200 steps per day outside – Sometimes getting out of the house and walking, or riding a bike, not only burns the calories but helps you to connect. We live in a beautiful world. Stepping outside into the nature, we connect to the vibrations of the trees, of the grass, of everything that lives and breathes around us. Taking those steps each day, cultivate an energy of gratitude and connection to your presence as a being here at this particular time and space.
2. Reduce plastic waste – Our oceans are polluted with plastic. Our landfills each year are filled with millions of pounds of plastic. It’s time we stop using plastic bags all together. You can help with this cause by investing in cloth bags and bringing them along to the store every time you shop for food. Same goes for using plastic bottles. It’s a huge industrial waste to produce the water bottle and trust me that water is really not that much better than your tap water at home. You can also put a filtering system on your tap. Invest in stainless steel canteen.
3. Hug a tree – When was the last time you hugged a tree? We recommend that on your next walk to the park you try to hug a tree and feel its energy. The energy of trees changes our state of being. All things have electromagnetic frequencies which effect our mood and state of being.
4. Walk barefoot – We are so preoccupied in our daily lives, running on the concrete pavement in our boots and shoes that we are completely disconnected from the ‘real ground’. So your next lunch break, go to the park, take off your shoes! Feel the energy of Mother Earth. It will slow you down and will get you to feel and see more with all your multi-senses..Hear the birds…Send love to the Mother Earth through your feet!
5. Learn to compost food scraps –Think about how much trash you make in a year. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce in a year means taking up less space. Composing makes a great natural fertilizer. It’s not as difficult as you think. You can compost outside (if you have space) or in bins indoors. Check out more info on composting at Planet Natural.
6. Plant a tree – “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is right now.” Trees clean our air and create oxygen. This is a great way to compensate for the pollution of our environment. Check out your local organizations that have plant a tree events.
7. Understand the difference between greywater and blackwater – In times of drought, recycled greywater is very useful. The flow of greywater from washing dishes or clothes can even be used to heat water for bathing, reducing energy use. Blackwater is wastewater from toilets, while greywater is wastewater from sinks, dishwashers, bathtubs, and washing machines. Blackwater can only be recycled as fertilizer for plants, while recycled greywater can be used for irrigation, for flushing toilets, and for cleaning cars and floors.
8. Increase biomass of plants to grow your own – When it comes to food, we need to be conscious of what we eat but also where the food is coming from. If you have space in your apartment, you can start growing some herbs and smalls veggies like peppers, cucumbers on your windowsills. If possible, choose to buy more local, organic and seasonal food in general. This will reduce unnecessary transportation ways, keep the environment cleaner and your body healthier. Moreover, it’s deeply satisfying to little by little ween yourself off of big corporations and support your local farmers.
9. Learn to sprout – Sprouting is a great and fun way to connect to your food. Moreover, sprouts do contain a varied and powerful battery of nutrients, rivaling citrus fruits in vitamin C and beef in protein, and surpassing almost any other known food source in completeness. If you can reach a supply of water twice daily, and if the temperature is within the range of comfort for human habitation there’s no place too small or remote for sprouting! You can spend between $5 and $25 to purchase sprouting apparatus that will successfully sprout most beans, but there are probably a dozen containers in your kitchen that will work equally well…
10. Use environmental friendly cleaning/household products – There are so many products for cleaning your house on the market, but many of them filled with toxins. Start paying attention to what you are buying at store, price difference is not significantly higher, or you can make your own products using essential oils and baking soda.
11. Turn electricity OFF! – Whether those are lights or electronics when they are not being used, and definitely cell phone devices, let’s start be aware of the consumption of electricity and EMF waves they produce. A recent study from Sweden is particularly frightening, suggesting that if you started using a cell phone as a teen, you have a 5 times greater risk of brain cancer than those who started as an adult. And it appears that, more than a century after Thomas Edison switched on his first light bulb, the health consequences of that continual overlap are just now beginning to be documented.
All is Love!
D & D
(this article has been co-written by Dina Divine and Dan De Lion)