An older lady stopped and commented as I was crouching on the sidewalk this morning. I was carefully photographing a small little lizard when I noticed she was watching me. “What are you photographing?”. I told her I was photographing a little lizard when she smiled. “How did you notice it?”. I guess I’m always watching for small creatures. “So you like nature! Bless you”.
These photos were taken this morning…after I woke up excited to take out my camera and find some birds.
I’ve been re-reading a book “The Ecology of Commerce” by Paul Hawken. I read the original about 7 years ago, and now am catching up on the revised edition. If you’re interested in nature, and the effects of industry both as a microcosm and a macrocosm I highly recommend picking up a copy. You may even borrow mine, if you’re interested.
As a result, I’m evaluating my daily habits. I buy bottled water, soft drinks and eat take away a few times a week (naughty!). I also wear makeup daily and purchase clothing (fairly regularly). I sometimes stop and think about how far a particular product has come to land in my hands, and what country produced it, but not nearly enough.
We consume so much useless crap in our day to day living, that we’ve become used to throwing away garbage as if there is no consequence to our vacuum like need to consume and keep up with the Joneses. I am so guilty.
Our planet is consuming forests, fresh water and natural resources at an alarming speed. As a result we are losing 27,000 species to extinction every year. 74 per day, 1 every 20 minutes. Hawken’s explains this is a result of clearing forests at a rate of 500,000 per hour. Which is insane.
We live in the city. It’s not easy to just pluck some lettuce or carrots from the veggie patch anymore, we literally are surrounded in concrete. The best choices we can make are to purchase from a farmers market, or identify locally grown produce at the super market. I’m going to try harder to do that…because I’m pretty sure I’ve never really stopped to make sure I’m making good choices.
A few months ago, I went through our possessions and decided I’d like to own less stuff. I made the decision as a result of thinking about the above. I no longer own hard copies of dvds, nor do I own a mountain of books. They were easy to sell, and put a little change in my pocket. I donated clothes that I haven’t worn in months. The cleaning products we use at home are a mix of eco friendly and harsh/toxic, and I always use the same rags to clean up to avoid wasting paper towel. In an effort to stop contributing to pollution, I’m going to fill our emptied bottles with non toxic, environmentally friendly options.
We’re share a home with two other people, and while it’s not solar powered, we all take public transit (or in my case walk) to work. Mike is an exception, as he flies to and from work every other week.
This book had a huge impact on me the first time I read it, and I believe it’s had an even more substantial impact this round…as I feel accountable for my actions.
I’m going to try a lot harder.
I swear it.
Are you conscious of sustainability? What do you do around your home to help out?
Have you read “The Ecology of Commerce”? What are your thoughts?
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