In a recent message from Mary she showed me the natural balance of our planet as it was at one time.
As humans we worked within this balance. We had our own communities and we did what we needed in order to survive. We farmed, we fished, we hunted… but only what we needed. We drew on the natural resources around us to make life livable and comfortable. It wasn’t easy, and it was a true balancing act. We had respect for nature and our surroundings…and even though the term sustainability was not in our vocabulary at the time, we were living it.
But times changed and so did our greed… as well as our attitudes. Most of it was pure ignorance … we had a minimal understanding of the impact we had on our environment at the time. We simply wanted more…all in the name of progress, convenience, commerce and power. The next thing we knew we were polluting our beautiful planet and diminishing our resources at a rate where the balance would be changed forever.
I realize there is no going back to those days, but we must always keep nature in our thoughts…what are we doing to our planet? What could we be doing to lessen the impact of the way society lives today? What can we do in terms of reducing our carbon footprint? What can we do to reduce the amount of waste we produce? What can we do in order to conserve energy? What alternatives can we use when choosing products or services?
Here are a few suggestions (and there are many more):
- Clean with natural and harmless products such as vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda (look for aluminum free…here’s a link that talks about brand name baking soda and the use of aluminum http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/12/15/Baking-Soda-Used-to-Treat-Swine-Flu-85-Years-Ago.aspx )
- When you are sick try treating your body with natural and holistic options such as oil of oregano and raw garlic instead of buying cold and flu products from the drug store.
- Instead of throwing away unwanted items, try giving them away or donate to charity.
- Do your research before purchasing painting products or wood treatment products for treating wooden decks and fences….you might be surprised at what is out there and better for the environment.
- The usual advice: walk don’t drive…reduce, reuse, recycle…compost…use cloth bags when shopping…watch your energy usage…
- Vote with your wallet…contact your big box retailer and tell them you want greener products.
- Buy organic if you can. Buy local if you can.
- Don’t buy into the latest and greatest anything…it is all marketing…ask yourself “Is this something that I really need, or am I just being swayed by a marketing campaign?”.
- Be careful with plastic products. Convenient yes, but the health risks are still unknown…(there are over 200 chemicals floating around in our bloodstream because of the food, the packaging and products we consume).
- Research Holistic health options including dentistry….there are dentist who use x-ray machines that produce minimal radiation…so ask your dentist what they are using…also try to eliminate your use of fluoride…research is showing that this is not a healthy treatment option.
…anyway these are a few things off the top of my head…there are hundreds of other recommendations…the bottom line is be kind to mother nature and she will be kind to all of us!
…and this is according to Mary!