You’ve probably heard them. Expressions like ‘Go Green,’ ‘Save the Planet,’ ‘Promote Peace on Earth,’ and ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’ have been around for decades – serving as mantras within movements and slogans for bumper stickers nationwide. OK, they’re catchy. But, what do these expressions really mean within the context of your life?
To me, they all boil down to a choice. Well, rather to choices. Each day that we wake up, we are granted new opportunities to create within our lives – to help mold our surroundings in ways that build on the lessons of our past, savor our present, and protect the future for all life on Earth. Expressions like those above are simply clever reminders of our responsibilities to nurture one another and the health of our planet through our every day choices. Here in the U.S., where our society is one of the most consumptive and, subsequently, environmentally destructive in the world, the impact of our lifestyle choices each day could not be greater! Enter this series.
Here at Greenpeace, we are working for a thriving, green and peaceful planet. We get ‘out there,’ bring attention to the horrible things that humans are doing to the planet, and motivate people, policy makers, and corporations to change them. Through this ‘Green & Peaceful Living’ series, we’re inviting you to play an expanded role in our victories – not just as Greenpeace, but also as fellow human beings. We are inviting you to learn about ways that your every day choices, from the toothpaste that you use to the dinner you eat can not only help to safeguard your health, but the health of this planet.
But, if things are so bad now, then why should we even try?
Well, you’re correct in observing that things are bad right now. In mind of the earth’s age in geological time, our species hasn’t been here long. Yet, in our short time here, the force of our destructive actions upon the earth has been daunting, leading to species extinctions at the scale of meteor strikes, volcanic eruptions, and other catastrophic climate changes in Earth’s ancient history. Our species has been pegged as the leading cause for climate change, and our biosphere as a whole is in a state of emergency.
But, if we use the level of destruction at our hands as an indicator for the sheer power of human creative force, then it is easy to see how simply changing human behavior – starting with our own, individual behaviors – is a cure more potent than our species has ever seen. The power of choice, within our every action, can empower us against any threat.
So, let’s see how we can start treating Mother Earth as the mother that she is, and respect that her resources are finite and precious.
Want to get started right now? Check out these tips at how to start ‘greening’ your day-to-day:
Meanwhile, just stay tuned! We’ll keep the flow of tips to green and peace your life coming.
‘Til next time,
Christina: Green Living Enthusiast at Greenpeace