[This article has been written by Amma's devotee, Laura Merwin.]
Happy Earth Day and Happy Spring! Mother Nature is in full swing. Recently, I took a stroll through the Public Garden in Boston to admire all of nature’s marvels. The tulips were at their peak; reaching up high towards the sun and spreading their blossoms wide! Radiant colors of red, yellow, orange and pink. It’s as if Mother Nature is teaching us the colors again. The crab apple trees are bursting with fragrant flowers and the little birds and critters are abound. New, fresh beginnings!
With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day having just passed, what better time to take steps to preserve this heaven on Earth! While the future of climate change is looking very bleak, let us not despair. Let us bind together as a community of people with hope and Love for this blessed Earth. Let us be optimistic and take a pledge to lead a life with less of an environmental impact.
Here are some basic things you can do to lead a greener lifestyle:
- Instead of using saran wrap and zip lock bags, use reusable containers with lids.
- Instead of covering your baking sheets with foil, get a nonstick one and go without!
- Have dish clothes in your kitchen and get used to using these instead of paper towels.
- Use a biodegradable sponge to clean the counter instead of paper towels. Biodegradable sponges can now be bought in most stores.
- Use non-toxic cleaning products to keep chemicals from leaching into the water.
- Set your dishwasher to the energy efficient function and select air dry. Run it before you go to bed and in the morning it will be dry!
- If you wash dishes by hand, keep a bucket filled with soapy water in the sink to save water.
- Compost your food waste. For more information, I found this website that is pretty helpful.
- Recycle everything, from glass jars, to saran wrap and chip bags.
- Change your shower head to one that is ecologically efficient. You will also save money on your water bill. I just recently switched mine to: Waterpik EcoFlow.
- Flush the toilet every other time.
- Keep the lights off in the house unless you need them on.
- So much electricity is wasted from keeping appliances plugged in, even if they are off. Unplug your appliances when you are not using them (toaster, cell phone charger, radios, lamps, etc).
- Shut your computer down at the end of the day and don’t forget to turn off the power strip!
- Pay bills online instead of receiving paper bills and statements.
- Watch the movies: An Inconvenient Truth, No Impact Man, and Food Inc. are inspirational and informative films about green living.
- Contact Senators and Representatives from your state and ask them to pass the climate change legislation.
- Use public transportation, walk or ride a bike instead of hopping in your car, even if it is just once per week.
- Shop with reusable bags.
- Use a reusable water bottle and bring a travel mug to the coffee shop.
- If you are a meat-eater, abstain from eating it at least once per week to curb emissions from livestock industries.
- Shop at local farmers markets and buy local and organic food. Local food has less of a carbon footprint.
- When you sit down to a meal, reflect on the food you are about to eat and acknowledge what went into producing it for you and how it got to your plate. Appreciate that, and if you would like, say a food prayer or give thanks.
Last but not least, and this is a must, tell your family and friends what you are doing and encourage them to do the same. If everyone made a couple small changes, our efforts would have a much larger impact!
Joy to Mother Earth!
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