Monday, February 8, 2010

Manic Monday



My guest today is Small Footprints. She has an environmental blog that I have been following for quite some time. I like her blog because she has ideas that you can do to change the environment around you as well as the community in which you live. Her weekly challenges have really helped me to live a greener life in a way that didn't make me feel like I was really giving up anything.

I hope that after you read SF's post today, you will visit her blog and check out all the neat ideas and great information she has posted.


It’s Simply The Right Thing To Do

Most of us would agree that doing something because it is the right thing to do is … well … the right thing to do. Whether we call it the moral high ground, the “golden rule”, or right from wrong … we live by certain standards. That is … until it comes to the environment.

Global Warming, Climate Change and Living Green are hot topics. People debate whether global warming exists and argue about climate change being the natural lifecycle of a planet. Green living is “popular” on one hand and considered worthless on the other. Unfortunately, debating those issues sidetracks us from what’s important … doing the right thing for ourselves and the earth.

The fact is, every action we take has a consequence. Some are immediate, like tossing a candy wrapper out the window and littering the street … others take longer, like the appearance of dead zones in oceans caused by pollution. It is cause and affect. Everything we do … every single action … has an affect.

So what does that mean to us? It means that it is important to think about our actions … to consider the consequences. When one uses harsh chemicals to clean a home, it is important to consider the affect they have on the environment when water systems carry them to nature. Before tossing plastic bags into the trash, think about where they go … how one plastic bag can kill animals and fish. When we are tempted to take everything nature provides, we must stop and think about having enough for tomorrow. It means learning the consequences of our actions and thinking before acting.

We can spend a lot of time debating global warming. But in the end, living a “green”, sustainable life is all about doing the right thing. It doesn’t really matter whether climate change is natural or caused by man. Reducing our impact on the earth is simply the right thing to do.

3 Comments:

  1. Lesley said...
    Excellent post! I'm a Small Footprints follower as well. I'm going to forward this to my climate-change-skeptic husband right now.
    Argentum Vulgaris said...
    We all know it is the right thing to do, for whatever reason. The problem is that while our individual efforts go to making a small dent in the problem, the ones that can make a difference don't want to. Our governments are like kids being dragged screaming to a plate of broccoli, more than a little reticent. It is time for us all to take stock of our governments and NOT vote for the old politicians who now bleat "green" only to get votes, but vote for new ones who ARE green.

    Out with the old ways of thinking, get some new blood in there to do the job.

    Nice post.

    AV
    Tracy said...
    You make a really good point that some issues on which we do not agree can side track us from doing the right thing. I know that the things I do are small and in and of themselves do not make a difference, but if we all did the small things, it will make a difference. Plus, I can only do what I can do and at least I can know I'm doing the right thing.

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