Friday, April 20, 2012

up on my soap box

Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.  ~Chief Seattle, 1855

Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values.... God made life simple.  It is man who complicates it.  ~Charles A. Lindbergh

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.  ~John Muir

 This video makes me both mad and sad. The price of plastic and one time use trash is taking over the earth. This is one of seven gyres found in our oceans,  how gross is that!  Our oceans are so polluted that fish, dolphins and whales are becoming more toxic and have been found to have cancer. Imagine that a whale the largest living thing on earth is not impervious to pollution and is suffering. What about those of us who comsume fish? Are we eating fish who's bellies are filled with toxic plastic pieces instead of natures nutrients? What do you think that does to us?

 In our home we live by the motto, reduce, recycle and re-purpose. I have spent the last several years reducing our waste and have totally eliminated one time use items like paper plates, paper towels, water bottles and plastic bags from the market to name a few.  I've made my own fabric bulk and grocery bags as well as continue towards a self sustaining lifestyle. It's not easy to eliminate the use of plastic it's everywhere but i know every little bit helps. Imagine if everyone did a little the impact would be great.

This is one of my favorite quotes, i think about it often as i wonder what i'll leave behind for my children and their children...

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.  ~Native American Proverb

This week i watched Vanishing of the Bees and WalMart, the high cost of low prices documentaries that are really good, if you  like documentaries check them out you can watch them for free on netfilx. I'm stepping down from my soap box now,  Sunday is Earth Day i plan on spending the day in the garden planting, weeding and enjoying nature, do you have any plans?

1 comment:

  1. I planted all my gardening pots (100% complete)
    the herbs are in (different parley in a bucket at the front door for non gardening friends)
    drawers holding only cloth napkins
    years since I've had a paper plate in the house
    glass jars holding pastas, cereals, rice,etc
    clothes hung drying from the sunshine
    my combined utilities bill this month -
    under $100.00..I'm doing my part in the big picture
    your fabric with me daily..
    they are worn, a bit dirty...and very well loved