When I was in college I took a class that was really impressionable on my young mind. It was Environmental Ethics, my entrance into Philosophy of the Earth. The key points I remember about the class were teachings about overpopulation and the Earth's resources. I got so jazzed by the course that I changed my major to Philosophy.
Over the past few years I have read some books about going green and living well while also making smart choices for the environment. The quote that stays with me was found in "Green Chic". Very near the beginning of the book the author says that the number one principle of going green is just to buy less stuff! Then the rest of the book goes on to talk about shopping with the environment in mind.
A few nights ago I was listening to Coast to Coast AM, a talk radio show. Mentioned was a Stephen Hawking quote that has been haunting me since. Stephen Hawking predicts that mankind will have to move off the Earth to an entirely different planet in 100 years. Some of the main reasons are misuse of resources, overpopulation and the greenhouse effect. Stop and think about that for a moment? Do you really want your children or grandchildren moving to a different planet to survive?
The Earth is so beautiful, this living breathing ecosystem that is just perfect for mankind. It can be quite discouraging looking around at society, with much of society so lost in getting by day to day that they don't have the time to consider the impact their choices are making on the planet.
There is something we can do and we can each make a difference! Being self-sufficient and buying less stuff puts less trash in the landfill. It also puts less demand on the factories that are truly devastating the environment. Another bonus to buying less and making more goods yourself is that you have more money to put toward things that really matter the most to you.
So this is the beginning of a new day on the blog! I will still be sharing posts about art journaling, introspection and spiritual creativity. However I would love to begin sharing more posts about self-sufficiency and using what you already have to have an incredible life. I've been getting more into Eco Art and Sewing as a way to be self sustaining while raising awareness to the issues that are facing the Earth and our survival here.
Your choices do matter! Self sufficiency might sound like an austere lifestyle, however it is so much fun to make things. It is so fun to work with your hands and the satisfaction of knowing that you can turn a bag of scrap fabric and various odds and ends into useful functional items is so satisfying. With a little ingenuity and thoughtful crafting you can make a difference for the environment to help pave the way for a healthy planet.