This article is written in support of "Blog Action Day," where thousands of blogging sites were asked to write about one topic on the same day. For this topic, we were asked to write about the environment.
Looking around today, some might feel like the planet and environment is…well, to put it bluntly: “going to hell in a hand basket.”
Is this actually true, though?
Is the environment and planet really in trouble?
Well, it depends on who you ask.
Does the Environment and Planet Really Need Saving?
I realize that I may be in the minority here, but I don’t believe that the planet, specifically the environment, is in trouble. Yes, I know all about global warming and the other environmental issues many say that we are facing today.
It kind of reminds of when I was hearing about all of the dire warnings and predictions for Y2K at the beginning of this new millennium. Despite all of the “evidence” from experts, I didn’t believe it, even though I saw many people preparing for the worst. Some thought I was just being naïve. But, I trusted my own “gut" feelings and everything turned out fine.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I can see that the environment and planet is changing. However, I don’t interpret these changes to mean that the end is near or things are getting worse. Rather, I simply see it as our planet’s own evolution or to use the words of Michael Beckwith: “Shift happens!”
Again, I’m just trusting my “gut" feeling on this one.
But, who knows? Maybe, I’m just being naïve…
Or maybe not...
A few years ago, the “hot” topic with the environment was the growing hole in the ozone layer. However, things seem to be changing with the environment and this may no longer be true. Recently, it was reported (by MSNBC) that the hole in the ozone has actually gotten 30% smaller in just one year (and scientists aren’t sure exactly why).
After the popularity of Al Gore’s 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, global warming has now become the “hot” environmental topic (no pun intended). But, there has been and continues to be a growing number of people, including many scientists, who do not agree with what was reported in this documentary. To learn more about these thought-provoking perspectives, check out these reports by CNN, the BBC, and ABC News.
Personally, I believe that the planet is more resilient than many of us give it credit for. To me, it is a living, intelligent, vibrant organism. Therefore, like other living organisms, it is designed for well-being. As a result, it knows what to do to maintain this well-being, in the same way that your own body does.
“Why are you horrifying yourself about the evolution of your earth? Why do you not just let it evolve, let it seek its balance? You cannot destroy the planet. You cannot, no matter how hard you try. Many, who were more destructive than you, have come before. From this level of your creative endeavor, you do not have the ability, nor will you ever have, to destroy your planet. What do you think about that?” – Abraham-Hicks
How to Treat the Environment and Planet
So, how should we treat this living, vibrant organism known as our planet and its environment then?
You treat the planet and its environment in the same way that you treat other living organisms: with great LOVE.
That’s right, L-O-V-E.
What does this mean exactly?
It means to:
- Love, value, and respect the environment, nature and all of its beauty.
- Love, value, and respect this planet and its inhabitants.
- Make your actions for the environment and planet be loved-based, not fear-based, ignoring the fear-based hype whenever possible and choosing love instead.
“…there is only one question: What would love do now?” – Neale Donald Walsch
“If (those who) wanted to be of greatest value to the ecology, they would visualize it as they are wanting it to be rather than spending so much attention on what is wrong. As you just focus upon the beauty that is right here in your experience…as you focus upon what you want to see and you feel yourself feeling good from that; now you are that magnet attracting unto you more good things.” – Abraham-Hicks
How to Love the Environment and Planet Daily
The most powerful way that I have found to love the environment and planet daily is through the Native American concept of “seven generations sustainability” which asks “How will my actions today impact the planet and its inhabitants seven generations into the future?”
Here are some simple ways that I have found to love the environment and planet daily with this “seven generations sustainability” concept in mind:
- Recycle wherever possible.
Yes, I do recycle glass, plastic, and all paper. But, I also recycle and properly dispose of old cell phones, batteries, computer monitors and printer cartridges. These all contain hazardous materials that should be disposed of safely and properly.
- Walk whenever possible.
I love walking and do so whenever possible. Fortunately, the grocery store, library, movie rental store, and a large number of restaurants are all within walking distance of my home. I try to take full advantage of these walking opportunities daily.
- Use refillable bottles for water.
As I shared in my “Allergy Cure” article, I drink a lot of water. To make things easier, I use an eco-friendly reusable water bottle. I simply refill it every day as needed. Before buying this, the empty 1.5 liter water bottles would pile up very quickly in my recycle bins, as they do in our planet's landfills.
On a similar note, I also use a reusable, insulated cup for coffee and tea at my favorite coffee shop, Urth Caffe. They offer an “environmental discount” for bringing in your own cup, similar to the discount that Whole Foods Market offers for bringing in your own bags for groceries (another good eco-friendly idea).
- Buy organic wherever and whenever possible.
When pesticides are used on agricultural products, they not only impact the crops they are used on, but they also seep into the soil and water supply when they are used on these products. Yes, organic food can cost more, but I view the additional cost as my support of the farmers and companies that supply the organic products which cost more to produce.
- Eat less red meat.
When I discovered that one of the primary reasons for cutting down the Amazon Rainforest is for cattle to graze (cattle that is used to supply many restaurants in the
), I made the conscious decision to stop eating beef and eventually became a vegetarian. U.S.
These are some of the simple ways that I have learned to give love daily to the environment and planet.
To learn more about how you can love the environment and planet daily, visit The Love Planet Foundation for more information.