Going green is the current trend. From hybrid cars to reusable bags to recycling, we all have ways we can easily pitch in to help reduce our carbon footprint. This is an important component of our Environmental Wellness, but in truth it encompasses much more than this.
More specifically it means to lead a lifestyle that is respectful of our environment, not only the natural environment, but also those species living in it. Respect for others living in our environment, whether two, four or more legged is just as necessary as respect for the physical environment itself.
The world is getting much smaller every year; things that happen in other parts of the world have an effect on our air, water and wildlife as much as what we do here. We are all neighbors. As neighbors it behooves us to think and act in ways which shows that we respect our neighbors right to use all the magnificent wonders this spinning globe has to offer.
Makes sense, right? It’s the battle cry of politicians and environmentalists over time, “Let’s leave the world a better, healthier place for our children and grandchildren”. But now we need to think about those children in China and Africa and everywhere.
And we all have to do our part. But what is the most important thing you can do? Well, start with a mindset shift. Think using the golden rule, but applied to all of God’s creatures.
A perfect example of respecting nature, animals, use of heating fuels and recycling all in one. Every creature and plant has its purpose, which leads to growth and health of other creatures, which leads to more health and growth in the natural world, which eventually leads to us humans. We have all seen how reducing the population of honey bees can lead to poorer fruit, flower and vegetable crops due to insufficient pollination. It’s all related. As are we.
Time to think about how what we do every day effects this precious cycle of life. For our children, grandchildren, and all the creatures that delight us out in their world. Plant a tree, turn down the A/C by a couple degrees, ride a bike or walk when you can, unplug things when not in use, stop paper bills and statements; the options are endless. Be bold, be thoughtful, be respectful, but take action. You will feel better, not to mention your neighbors may follow your lead.