At a recent event, I was asked what sustainability means to me. Given that I was being videotaped, I was nervous and don't fully remember what I said. So, in honor of Earth Day, I think this is the perfect opportunity to rethink the question and open it up to all of you to hear what sustainability means to you.
When I think about sustainability, I think about the ways that we need to give back to the Earth that which we've taken. I think it's finding the best ways to live harmoniously with her without sucking her dry and leaving her barren. We've created an environment which now runs on constant technology access which requires constant electricity, we have a population that is pushing the limits of our land - requiring clean, fresh water supplies, a place or purpose for everything we buy and then discard - immense needs for healthy, chemical free food, and an atmosphere that allows us all to breathe easy. We need to replenish what we've used from the Earth and begin to find ways to undo the damages we've done.
There are so many points to hit and so many areas that need our help. When we look at the whole picture of the various ways the Earth is currently struggling, it can be an overwhelming view. If we each take just one area that we are passionate about and focus our energies there, we can make a difference. We can spend some free time fully understanding that one issue, attending meetings to stay involved in our local community issues, or perhaps keeping the bigger issues of our country in view. Taking what we learn and using that knowledge to help out by volunteering an hour each week, or three hours one weekend a month to help things change. If we each did this, imagine the impact we'd have and the effect it would have on us. It may seem small, but each act makes a difference. If we are all our doing our small part, then we will see big changes.
Some really easy ways to help out include:
~ Plant some trees to help clean the air
~ Pause before you put something in the trash to see if it could have another use, be recycled, or composted
~ Drop expired medicines at the pharmacy instead of throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet
~ Be creative with your use of items
~ Grow your consumer awareness: think about the packaging that comes with the products you buy, where the products come from and will go after you are finished with them
~ Bring your Tupperware for your leftovers when you go out to eat
~ Keep a reusable bag in your car, purse, work bag, etc. so you always have one handy
Let me hear your thoughts below. What does sustainability mean to you, and what are you doing this year to honor Earth Day?
Jenn White, Yoga Educator, Meditation Teacher, and Owner of Embodied Bliss, began her journey of yoga and meditation in 2004 while recovering from a back injury. Feeling lost, restless and seeking something more from life, she found her path through meditation.
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