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Home sweet home.


Close your eyes. Imagine this: someone you know has been given the most palatial, the most incredibly beautiful house. For free. No strings attached. From this point forward, that will be the person’s home.


Imagine people tearing down this house piece by piece, treating the house simultaneously as a personal bank machine and a dumping ground; staking claim to it for profit and greed.


Imagine it was your house. What would you do?

Let me rather put the question a different way: what ARE you doing about it?

As an activist, I am subjected daily to images and stories of degradation, brutality, selfishness, destruction, greed, suffering and ugliness. I watch helplessly as the only home I know is pulled apart, the inhabitants butchered and exploited. I do what I can to stop this from happening, but the sheer force of these actions leave me overwhelmed and impotent. I look on in horror and shame as my species buy in to their own arrogance to such an extent that they do not heed the power of nature. Acres upon acres of forests housing trees a thousand years in age are cut down. Tons and tons of trash enter our oceans daily. Heaps and heaps of unhealthy, dirty air fill our children’s lungs every second of every day. Yet when our home fights back with devastating results, we react in shock, wailing as we lament our lot. Yet, when everything is cleaned up, we conveniently forget that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Life carries on as normal. Until the next devastation. We fail to heed to get the message.


I try and counter all of this by surrounding myself with images of staggering beauty. When I open my front door in the morning as I go to work and I see the mountains, I want to fall down on my knees in gratitude. Sitting on the beach, looking out on to the endless horizon of the ocean, I am humbled and reminded of my place in the universe. As I walk in the forest and I feel and hear the gentle breeze caressing the branches of age old trees, I am calm and centered. An encounter with an orangutan leaves me small yet joyous.


We share this planet not only with each other. We share it with countless other species. From the tiny ant to the graceful blue whale. Let us give them their due regard.


So what is the legacy you want to leave behind? What will your final words be? “I paid of my mortgage.”?
I have news for you. Your real mortgage has no monetary value. We work hard all our lives to amass money to pay off the most expensive thing we will ever own. The real price of your mortgage is the daily change you affect on this planet. It costs you nothing.


It’s a small “price” to pay for something priceless: our home sweet home.
 

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It is SO important to take note of what we put in to our bodies and more importantly - into our children's bodies!

Happy organic eating :))))

Thanks, Nikki, for more thought-provoking words.

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I find that small little things help tremendously. Here are my tips:

1. If you can, buy from farmer's markets. Most of the time the produce is organic (which is healthier), there is no packaging (which means less waste), because there is no middle man there is less pollution and the product can be sold cheaper, and of course it keeps the money in the local economy. It also creates a larger demand, which cuts into the revenue and challenges the practices of large-scale farmers who give you what I essentially believe to be a sub-standard product. I find  that most of our household waste comes from packaging.

2. IF you can, grow your own :) I have a personal problem with that because I can't pick my own plants. It makes me feel like a monster! ;)

3. If you want to buy clothes, buy second hand. It is cheaper, it is unique (so no one else will be wearing what you're wearing), and it is FUN to look for gems!

4. Here is a neat little trick I learnt. Every 6 months of every year, take all your clothes on hangers and arrange the hangers to show in the same direction. As you take clothing out to wear, turn the hanger the other way. At the end of 6 months/a year you will know exactly what you don't wear anymore and you can donate. I am guilty of buying clothes and then never wearing them. It's a waste.

5. When grocery shopping, make a list of what you need to buy and add up the approximate cost of each item. Only take that amount of money with you. That will prevent you from buying unnecessary items, which will create unnecessary container discarding.

6. And then of course - go meat free as much as you can.

 

Great advice!

I love going to farmer market... the only issue I have, is that they are usually only open on Saturday mornings... and I am a person who likes to take that time to catch up on my sleep. But I really need to make a commitment to visit one this Saturday.

I wowuld love to grow my own produce, or at least spices. When I was little I was always helping my parents and grandparents with garden work. Most of the food at my grandmother's house (aside from meat), was grown by us. I used to even sell apples and some other produce at market. That was fun:)

I really like the idea with the hangers. I am always so hesitant to rid of my clothes, because I feel like I could wear it again. But the truth is, I usually stick to few things I like, until I acquire new things, which I like more. :)

As far as taking only the money you need, it is very difficult, because I very rarely carry cash around. Everything is electronic now, and goes on the card. But my family, recently, has made a move to eat "smarter" and "healthier". We are trying to be more aware of what we eat and exercise more to take care of our bodies.

Thank you for all the great tips! 

You are SO lucky to have a farmer's market! They are few and far between in South Africa (much to my disappointment). We used to have one near where I lived and it gave me SUCH pleasure to take my wicker basket and pick our my own fruit and veggies and smell them. And then they closed down because of a lack of interest.

We also seldom carry cash around. Putting everything on plastic is just TOO easy. You will be surprised how difficult it is to spend money when you physically have it in your hand. When you whip out the plastic, you don't really give any regard to what you are spending, or at bare minimum, very LITTLE regard. If you do go to the shops, try and draw money and spend money instead of going for the convenient spending plastic.

Let me know if you need any advice on eating healthy and ethically :)  I am REALLY passionate about spreading the message :)

Ill be happy to report that I did go to a Farmer's Market this SUnday. It was a very small market, and there were not many farmers, there was a booth with spices, a booth with greenery, lots of baked sweets, and there was one farmer where we bought all natural chicken breast. Just cooking it I could see the difference in the meat, much more moist and flavorful, and smaller :).

It is quite more expensive, so i think we will take it slowly (maybe buy organic one weekend out of the month), and visit more farmer markets, to see and compare, and to learn more about produce (we did not see any produce like tomatoes or cucumbers this time around).

It was fun talking to the farmer, he was telling us about his farm and his animals. He said he does not feed his chickens corn, or anything else, just natural grains, and he lets them out daily and they get to run around. Interesting, he said that his cows are all healthy and well taken care of, but he said he cannot promise that they don't eat the genetically modified corn, because most of the corn is now genetically modified (infested from farms to farms across US).

We will try to go again this weekend to a different market and learn some more :)

Thank you for sharing! This was very interesting... I guess I never thought of it that way, that this is our home.

i have been thinking lately of how much waste just our family of three produces, mainly because I dont like changing trash bags and taking out the trash. I realized the reason for so much trash, is that everything comes pre-packaged these days, because usually it is made overseas, and has to have a sturdy packaging to ship to the final market. So much plastic is being used!

I remember at my grandma's house, we never even took the trash out, they had a composte in their own back yard, and most of the trash would be bio-digratable on its own.

This also goes corresponsd's with Thierry blog published earlier, stating that the population is growing and growing, but the Earth is not expanding. What will happen?

Urgh - why is the best editing always AFTER you've posted?! Sorry for all the mistakes guys! :)