5 Reasons to Go Green~ The Beazer Challenge!

For some reason people enjoy stories of potential global devastation. When I was a kid, thoughts of impending environmental doom as reported from the media and seen in movies freaked me out. In my naïveté, I wondered why the grownups, the government, those with the ability to do something, weren’t stopping any of the behaviours they knew were causing the problems. I couldn’t believe we were headed for devastation and prayed for the planet’s safety. We are still bombarded by these images, even more so now in children’s video games along with movies and media. We hear reports in the news about species being wiped out, our natural resources being compromised, the poor condition of our air & water.  I’m not a fan of these scenarios.

I used to pray that Superman or someone would come and save us.  I got tired of waiting.  I decided to learn about the issues and what I could do to help in my small part of the world. I’m not an expert, just a concerned citizen trying to do my part. Here are 5 simple things you can do to reduce your negative impact on the planet. Take active steps towards positive change to impact your life and community with what I call, The Beazer Challenge! ~The objective is to start a green habit in the areas you have direct control over, your household and your body. 1. Reduce your energy bill. How many lights & other electronic devices are on in your home at one time? How many hours a day are they on? How many days of the month and so on. Think of how that cost adds up. Think about when there isn’t enough to go around in times when we need it. Unplug appliances not in use and use energy efficient light bulbs. See how much you spend and what you can save! http://www.easywebcalculators.com/cf.htm http://www.energyefficiencyexperts.com/cfl-calculator.html

2. A healthier body leads to a healthier planet! Switch to natural products. As consumers in this economy we are also bombarded with products that may look attractive and claim to be effective in what it does, causes harm to our health and that of the planet.  Particles that don’t break down, animal testing, harmful ingredients and negative side effects should not be normal for items that we use on our bodies. The Story of Stuff- look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.

 

3. Healthy Eating- Quality, Organic food should not be a luxury item, but part of everyone’s basic needs to be fulfilled. Use your nearest farmers market or grow your own! Reduce the need for the extra fees for transportation and preservation with chemicals by producing food locally. Farmers markets are wonderful resources for locally grown, naturally cared for fruits, flowers and veggies. If you have a larger farmers market, they may also have meats, cheeses, and every other delicious, healthy, and most times cheaper than your local supermarket. Or grow your own veggies at home. There are so many ways you can go, a window box, a container garden, a window or terrarium farm are fun and super easy to do and maintain.

Find your local market:

http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/default.aspx

4. Reduce your garbage. Can you imagine the tons of trash out there, from things we buy and use. Think about excess packaging and actual need and reduce waste of resources and your money. What can you recycle? What to make it easier for others to recycle? Get free publications from NYC Dept. of Sanitation, set up a functional recycling area and post signs in common areas at work, school or your home. Don’t waste food. Make compost! Easy to learn and manage, now you can turn food scraps or wasted veggies into soil you can use for your plants or garden.

*See how I made an indoor wormbin, My Worms Are Such Pigs!

5. Creating healthy environments for your body & mind. Find time to do nothing! Spend time offline, with friends and family and time alone. We need to balance the times we spend working, doing chores and things for others with doing things for ourselves, and better still, nothing at all. Quiet time, not just for sleeping, gives us space to breathe, think, daydream and have some clarity from the constant stream of stimulation we get. I’ve decided to take weekends off to do things that are just as important as working like reading comics or herb books, watching musicals, yoga, taking walks, lying on my couch…

These are just some simple ways that can have a big impact on the health of your body & mind and the preservation of life on the planet. Can you think of other ways? 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. I love the research you’ve done here. I might steal, er, BORROW some of it. For a real (paying) job, I teach Composition at some Community Colleges in the greater Portland area. My curriculum is focused on Sustainability, or going green. Right now, students are writing about whether or not we should heed Al Gore’s warnings from “An Inconvenient Truth.” Specifically, to conclude the documentary, Gore asserts that we/you need to take action. So, they are responding to that. This should be useful for students who are arguing that on behalf of Gore, given that the ease of change is somewhat understated.

    If you’re interested, you should read Ulysses and the Hedge Trimmer (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/31/AR2007123101665.html). Basically, the author asserts that the Gov’t needs to step in an subsidize green products so that consumers do not have to incur the cost. Personally, I think that individuals need to “be the change they want,” so to speak. That this means paying more should be of little concern. The effect that individuals can have on the climate (both economic and environmental) is exciting/inspiring/worth the cost.

    Anyway, I’ve gone on too long. Thanks for the post.

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    1. I agree that we all need to take action. In whatever way we can, in the capacity we can handle. Some people have the means to take on big projects like energy retrofits for their buildings while others may only be able to install a small garden on their property, others may start a worm bin or eat healthy. Government should regulate standards and help fund capital projects that will enhance cities in general.

      Thank you for the recommendations.

      I will be posting more info about projects I’ve worked on. Just a concerned citizen doing what I can 🙂

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