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Finding Ways to Go Green~We Are In This Together!

“With our new beginning in a new place, comes new goals and both a fresh look and fresh start with some of our older ones.  I think it’s kind of a normal “thing” that happens when you settle into life in one place for an extended period of time and also a normal thing for your spark to be reignited when you arrive in a new place. We have always been both eco-conscious and healthfully minded but I gotta be honest and admit that with all that has happened in the past two years, we strayed a bit, allowed for some things to slide.  I can’t 100 percent say that I don’t feel bad about that but I can say that I’m forgiving of that.  We were dealing with a lot and feeling pretty lost for a bit.  But now with this fresh start and a new path ahead of us, we find ourselves getting back on track and it feels good.  We have set some new goals for ourselves in our new home and one of them is finding even more ways to “go green”.”

THIS was the beginning of my post two days ago. What follows is my new post . . .

For the most part we (all of us as inhabitants of this planet) all go about our daily lives, always looming in the background that we could be doing better by our environment.  We do the best we can; its all we can do.  We see the headlines and ads everywhere about “going green”.  It seemed to be even kind of a trend for a bit.  And so we do our part and we purchase products with the words on the labels like “simple”, “all-natural” , and even “green” written on them. Every year once a year, on Earth Day, we are reminded mostly how important it is to recycle and so we go back to doing that if we have let it slide.  And we feel we’ve done our part.  And we have.  To a degree.  But it’s bigger than that.   On a global spectrum, it is absolutely overwhelming.  There is so much happening to our world in which we feel we have no control over that it can be easy to turn a blind eye to, easier to just ignore, to think you can’t make much of a difference.  I know that feeling but I have come to realize that it is also true that there is in fact still so much  even on an individual basis that we can be doing.  I have always felt a personal mission to help in this regard.

In the two days that passed between the moment I started composing this post and came back to it this morning, I received the following insight, had my eyes opened even further to the following truths.  I do have to be honest and say that it’s not as if I wasn’t aware but to be reminded was very powerful.  It comes via two links making their way through the social media network.  I can’t believe it was merely sheer coincidence.  And so I am compelled to let you in.

The first is this:

Even today, not every person is aware of the horrible effects our lifestyle choices have on nature.  These pictures say more than a thousand words.  - See more at: http://www.the-open-mind.com/27-images-that-prove-that-we-are-in-danger-im-speechless/#sthash.T6Z45KD1.dpuf
27 Images That Prove That We Are In Danger . . .

“When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money.” 

~Cree Indian prophecy

The second is this:

“As an actor I pretend for a living.” he continues.

“I pretend fictitious characters usually solving fictitious problems. I believe that mankind has looked at climate change in the same way. As if it were a fiction. As if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.”

“THIS IS THE MOST URGENT OF TIMES AND THE MOST URGENT OF MESSAGES! Honored delegates, leaders of the world, I pretend for a living, BUT YOU DO NOT!”

“Now it is your turn!”

“The time for change is now”

“WE BEG OF YOU TO FACE IT WITH COURAGE AND HONESTY. Thank you.”

I may have originally intended this post to be light-hearteded, to play it safe but playing it safe is not what will bring change.   Though my aim is still (as always) to inspire and encourage,  I felt compelled to share the blunt reality of our situation, the truth, no matter how ugly, in order to show just how important it is we all recognize our parts in this.  We may not be the actual big-wig corporations motivated by greed and blinded by our own self interests but we do play a part in the decisions we make, those we choose to support.  Sometimes we don’t even realize that we are. But when we do, the choices, the changes we make for the better; that’s what ultimately counts.

Sometimes, we need a wake-up call.  Today is that wake-up call.  The plight of our planet is so urgent, I can’t let this opportunity to plead with you all, to pass by.  I know I have had moments where I felt THIS is just too big for one person but together we can totally do this!  And so won’t you please join me in fighting for the right to live and prosper on this beautiful planet?

I was encouraged to see in researching yet again all the ways we can help, that we. as a family can make that difference, that in many ways, are already doing much.  But, there are also many ways in which we may improve in not only limiting the damage we do, but in helping to restore and rebuild.  I intend to devote an entire area of this blog to sharing ways we personally have found ways to do so.  My hope is that in sharing, it will help others to see that though it may feel insurmountable at times, it isn’t. It is possible to save and restore our home.  First comes awareness, then acceptance, and then intention. But we must understand and accept that our Earth knows only imbalance versus balance.  Our intention is not enough.  We must start to move forward, we must take action and by our daily deeds we will be successful in restoring the balance we need.

With that in mind, I’d like to close this post with sharing with you our plans to be put in effect this very day and I hope you will be inspired to join us (if you aren’t already.

The two biggest areas we are the most committed to are in being ever more determined is:

1. Eliminating all plastic in our lives. For years, I told myself that as long as it was recyclable, it was fine.  Recycling is a great option but even recycling has it’s downside. Have you ever thought about what the process of melting down all that plastic does to our precious environment?  I just don’t want to even contribute to that any longer.  Bad for the environment but that contaminated air is the air we breathe every day.  And then there’s all the proof that has surfaced about the poisons that are leeched into our food stored in those plastic containers.  We gave up bottled water years ago in favor of filtering our tap water but even just two days ago, I brought home the dog’s food in plastic tubs.  No more!

Ran across this posting on Facebook this morning and I think it’s a fantastic place to start.  I have currently disposed of all the plastic we had in our home.  And knowing that we were headed this direction, we have been amassing our glass jar collection.  Now, we are taking the step to work out a plan to make sure we don’t bring it back into the house.

Whose with me?

Let’s make it a very Plastic Free July

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Click on the image to be transported to the fantastic article that accompanies it.

 

 

2. Using only completely green, all-natural products. Really pretty much there already but I’m wanting to take it a step further and be fully independent in making all of my own cleaning supplies.  This also extends to our bodies.  For my part, I returned to the coveted Mudhead Sisterhood at the beginning of the year and as we speak have another shipment of henna on its way to me.  I’d love to be in a place where I am gladly accepting my white hairs with grace but alas, I am not quite there yet.  But doing it naturally feels good and I suppose it’s my way to give back for all the years I didn’t.

I have been collecting inspiration and know-how through my Pinterest board:

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and sharing to inspire on my Instagram feed:

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I know the task seems daunting, my friends, but with an understood sense of urgency and armed with the belief that saving our planet is possible, we will be motivated to take the necessary steps. We just have to get started and the momentum will follow.  We are in this together! I am on your side!

Love and Light,

Amber

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