Three Reasons I am “Green” That Have Nothing to do With the Environment.
There are a lot of reasons besides the environment to live a “green” life. I realized the other day that for most of my decisions that involve the environment, I’m really making those choices for three main reasons. Three reasons that don’t really have anything to do with Global Warming, or being Environmentally Conscious, or reduce any footprints that I make.
Usually, those decisions fall into one of three areas.
- Being Frugal
Frugal: adj. 1. practicing economy; living without waste; thrifty.
A lot of my choices… like making my own laundry soap, drying my laundry on the laundry line, buying things secondhand… are choices I made because they are less expensive. Who doesn’t like to save money? A little bit here and there really adds up!
In the movie Avatar, Neytiri teaches Jake to appreciate the life he takes as a hunter. He says “I See you, Brother, and thank you.” as he makes his kill.
I see you.
In the movie, “I see you” is a powerful thing to say. It means that you REALLY see a person/animal/being. That you appreciate them. There is a relationship with the lives taken to become food for the Na’Vi.
Relationship is a huge reason for my food choices. I choose to have a relationship with my food. I choose to know where my food comes from, and the care they receive. I want to know that they are respected in life, and truly appreciated in death. In the case of my chickens, I’ve chosen to be able to look them in the eye before I make my kill, and truly SEE them.
I like to KNOW.
Surprising, I’m sure. lol
I like to know what’s going on.
I like to know.
Homemade cleaning supplies
Spaghetti sauce from scratch
Homemade laundry soap
What is in my food.
What is in the products I use.
These are all things I do because I want to know. Knowledge is power.
That all these things have a positive impact on the environment is really just an extra. A bonus to the fight against global warming… because if studies came out tomorrow saying that global warming WASN’T helped by these things I’ve chosen to do… I’d still keep doing them. Because Global Warming has nothing to with my life.
So tell me.
What choices have YOU made that have nothing to do with the environment?
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