The life of our earth is in our hands. What have you done for her lately?

United States
June 2, 2007 11:27am CST
I am increasingly disturbed by the lack of concern about the earth and its environment. In small and big ways we ignore our responsibilty for the future of humankind by ignoring our responsibility for the environment. I get a daily meditation from The White Bison Society [www.whitebison.org] and today's touched at the heart of my concerns: Elder's Meditation of the Day - June 2 "The Natural Law is the final and absolute authority governing E Te No Ha, the earth we call our Mother." --Traditional Circle of Elders There is no power greater than the Natural Laws. These powers were set up by the Great Spirit in such a way that the human being has no access to it, except by obeying. If we choose not to follow the Natural Laws, our live will be filled with confusion, tension, anxiety and stress. If we poison the Earth, we poison ourselves. If we poison the Water of the Earth, we poison ourselves. As we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves and our children, even the children unborn. May we think about this today and ask ourselves, "Are we holding and acting toward the Mother Earth in a good way?" What have you done for Mother Earth lately?
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@pinks0da (328)
• Philippines
2 Jun 07
Well, whenever i have the time and opportunity to participate in activities towards saving the environment, I do attend. Activities that I have joined so far are planting trees and joining the campaign in maintaining our bodies of waters clean and saving it for the next generations to come.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
2 Jun 07
good for you, and for the earth, but i do think we should all try to live without the car blessed be
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• United States
2 Jun 07
It is important to support these group actions. It is equally important to be aware of our personal behaviors that support the health of future generations. For instance, for years I have reminded people that clean water is a limited respource and we need to conserve what we have. The simple act of not running the water fawcet while brushing one's teeth can save gallons of clean water over time. Yes, we have water processing plants to clean our water. But there are some things that go into the water table that can't be cleaned by city water purification plants. So by conserving water we limit the amount of "bad" water going through the system. Much of what goes into landfills goes into the water table, contaminating our supplies. So recycling is an important way to support the effort for clean water. Thank you for being an activist!
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
3 Jun 07
There are a number of things, youdontsay, that I think I have put my little effort to. Firstly, I am getting myself educated about the destructive impact we are doing by our life style in general and governmental policies in particular. whatever little I educate myself about, I find myself responsible for educating other too about it. I believe in the power of public and vote. I believe that by education and awareness we can build up majority to force governments to change their non earth friendly policies. So getting my self educated and educating others is one thing I am putting my effort to. Secondly, Though I can buy a car but I prefer to travel on public transport. Either on buses which run on natural gas or trams and trains which use electricity, as driving source, generated by Nuclear Power Plants. If I don't need to go far, I prefer to walk than to take a bus. It is not only healthy for myself but if you know fuel consumption parameters than every person who boards a bus causes it to use and burn more fuel. So I prefer not to contribute my share when I can use my legs, a natural way:-) Thirdly there are small steps that I like to take to reduce my electricity consumption. Like I try to get maximum out of sun light so that I don't need to use lights. I prefer to get natural ventilation rather than using fan for making myself comfortable in summer, and it's easy here because temperature often don't get t a level where a fan would be necessary, but sometimes it does. I believe that I need to do much more and little by little, I'll be more positive towards my environment.
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• United States
3 Jun 07
Yes, we all can do more, even those of us who do some things now. There are always more ways we can help. Even something as simple of turning out the lights when you leave a room can make a difference. And converting to the new "cool" coiled lightbulbs are effective ways to make a positive difference. Thank goodness for your legs! :-) We'd all be better of if we walked a little more.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
3 Jun 07
Yes, youdontsay, I believe that practical thanks to GOD for what we are blessed with, like legs, would include "using" them positively. Just 'saying' thanks is not enough in my humble opinion. I try to walk at least 3-4 km daily including my walk for avoiding bus. Occasionally it may get upto 8-9km, it just feels better to be more natural:-)
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@tredale (1313)
• Australia
5 Jun 07
This is a subject close to my heart, I do a lot and not enough and are in the process of educating my children on this. I am a greeny and have been for a long time. Firstly I never buy brand new I always buy second hand I believe that our desposible society has a lot to blame for where we are today. Secondly I have a rain water tank and are in the process of using grey water. I grow my own veggies and herbs and refuse to buy them. I wont use pestacides or lawn greeners. I walk when ever I can and are saving for a hybrid car, I recycle what ever I can cans, bottles, papers and food scraps which goes to my chooks which helps my veggie patch. I complain on any site that will let me about greenhouse gases. I read what ever I can on ways to help the enviroment. I pick up rubbish at the beach and along the rivers, I plant trees. This list goes on and on. loved this post keep up the grea work.
• United States
5 Jun 07
You are definitely my hero! Keep up the good work.
@abrarr (1246)
• Pakistan
3 Jun 07
since the humans r here on earth, they have been takin earth's treasures un limited adn thought that they won't finish and remain 4 eva. this attitutde greatly effected earth's surface and deteriorated the situation. i try my level best not waste water, protect grreenry, and to plant more trees.
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• United States
3 Jun 07
Sounds like you are on the right track. We all need to work with nature rather than against it.
@teleios (738)
• Philippines
3 Jun 07
hmmm. the only thing i have consistently done in the past is reusing paper that i have lying around in the house. i have done paper recycling, although i stopped when i broke our blender LOL! and i try not to throw litter around whenever i can. it would be nice though, if our local officials would think of building a recycling plant in our place. a lot of paper and plastic would surely be put to good re-use.
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• United States
3 Jun 07
I wonder how you could make that happen. Anyone have suggestions?
@psyche49f (2511)
• Philippines
3 Jun 07
Your discussion is so timely because I am also an environmental advocate. Just very recently, our school system composed of over 36 schools, colleges and universities all over the Philippines declared environmental stewardship as our special thrust for this year. It means all of us commit to do concrete steps for our depleting environment--you're right...we have to take concrete steps to minimize, prevent, reverse the threat to our environment such as climate change, pollution, etc. In our university, we organized the SWARM Program (Solid Waste and Reduction Management) where we engaged in recycling, reusing, reducing solid and other wastes. Our objective is for a zero waste management. The city government does not collect garbage from us as we manage our own solid waste. Aside from these activities, we also collect trash from establishments in the city for recycling...we partnered with Jollibee, McDonalds, etc. We're thankful that these establishments cooperated with us. Also, we have ongoing projects like tree-planting, coastal clean-ups, observes good housekeeping practices in campus, and the like. Like you said, we are supposed to be stewards of this earth, and any acts of saving it is a big step towards the preservation of Mother Earth for the future generation.
• United States
3 Jun 07
Congratulations on so many good things you are doing there. Way too many people think the little things won't make much difference. But it is the little things that add up to something big. Thanks.
@ParaTed2k (22980)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
3 Jun 07
I walk when I can, don't litter, but most of all, I do all I can to expose frauds and hypocrites like Al Gore.
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• United States
3 Jun 07
Like most politicians they need to be listened to from a "do as they say not as they do" ear.
• United States
2 Jun 07
I am happy to say that we have moved to a city where they actually care about the environment. Our apartment complex has two big dumpsters for recycling, and I have been getting my fiance to remember to put the right stuff in the recycling bin. It really does make an impact on how much we throw away--we used to have to take the garbage out daily, and now we can take it out about twice a week. Also, they have a good bus system here, so I have started taking the bus everywhere rather than driving my car. I will still use the car maybe once or twice a week, because I prefer to get my groceries home quickly (rather than waiting for the bus), but mostly I can get where I need to go by the bus and a bit of walking.
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• United States
3 Jun 07
That's great! So glad to hear it. Keep up the good work. And remind your friends!
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
2 Jun 07
well i do not drive a car as i see this as the biggest threat to the planet and i do try to persuade others to do the same blessed be
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• United States
2 Jun 07
Excellent! I'm disabled and must travel by auto. But I have been cautious to not allow the engine to idle when waiting for someone or in long drive-thru lines. And I hope to purchase a hybrid for my next vehicle. You are right about the auto's impact on the environment.