“The scientists are virtually screaming from the rooftops now. The debate is over! There’s no longer any debate in the scientific community about this. But the political systems around the world have held this at arm’s length because it’s an inconvenient truth, because they don’t want to accept that it’s a moral imperative.” ~Al Gore
Ok, what do you want? The good news or the bad news first? Lets get the bad news out of the way. Here in Georgia we all know that we are in the grip of a drought. The rain deficit is over 16 inch’s and getting worse as you read. Lake levels are dropping fast and if that were not enough we are now being told that unless the weather pattern breaks and brings us the much needed rain, in 4 months Atlanta’s water supply will be GONE, finished, caput, no water. We are also being told that per capita we use more water than just about every other country on this planet.
That was the lowdown. Now for some good news, the upside. Well, this will be good news if you are of a vain to set aside preconceived notions of our being the best the world has to offer. If you are willing to eat a little humble pie. If your are ready to take a cold, hard look at all of the ways we have contributed to the present state of affairs and ready to get down and do the work that is required to hopefully turn this around.
We are in fact one of the best countries to be a part of. Most of the freedoms afforded us are the result of many, many honorable souls who gave their lives, whom have sacrificed so much so that we would have a better life, be free to enjoy this life. Many have dedicated their lives to educating us and standing up for the many rights we so often take for granted because they are ever present. I am truly grateful to all who have come before and laid the foundation of this country that is my pride and joy. It is this very foundation that allows me to now speak up for something greater than the USA. That would be planet earth. It takes precedence over one small country. In fact, without a healthy planet there would not be a USA to be proud of.
I have Google Earth on my set as I am sure many of you do also. You know the thing that I most love about it is when in world view there are no borders. The only thing that separates ( or unites us depending on your view ) are the bodies of water. 70% of our planet is that water. Hint, hint.
The drought in Georgia is not Georgians fault. It is the result of changing weather patters that have occurred naturally since the beginning of time with one difference. Humans. All humans, everywhere. Since the industrial revolution we humans are exponentially multiplying, using, wasting, taking advantage of natural resources that are not capable of sustaining and reproducing in like manner as are being used. The planet needs help from us, from us. If we do not join her in her healing she will sluff off the waste and start again without us.
Wait a minute. Didn’t I say, ” and now the good news. ” Well the good news is is that it’s not yet too late to do something. We don’t even have to think on a global level though it will have global impact. How, what can I do at home to start? How can I help my neighbor? How can our community help our city? How can our city help the state? How can the state help the country…get it? It all starts at home one person at a time doing what we can as best we can and sharing the info with anyone who will listen. One person at a time will lead to an unstoppable Critical Mass. In the same manner that got us here we can and must start.
All that said here then just a few ways I have started:
- By changing all of the bulbs in my space to CFL’s
- I now shower in record breaking time and have joined the bucket brigade to catch excess water for plants and misc. uses, have low flow toilet flushed when needed
- Only run dish washer when fully loaded on water saver function
- Laundry when tub full in cold water
- Rack and line dry what I can instead of the the dryer
- Consolidate outings to maximize use of my car trips to most efficient routes
- Sweat a little more in the summer (it is summer after all) and have learned to chill a bit in the winter (when I get under the covers at night I sleep so much better)
So please consider the possibilities. A present moment where we are all united in an effort to make a positive impact not only on our families and immediate communities but also on our planet and all of it’s inhabitants great and small.
Join me in a pledge to show how much we truly care for our well being and that of our future generations that they too may “Live long and prosper”
Aware of the suffering and degradation brought about by the unsustainable use of material resources on the Earth, we are determined to find ways to use resources with mindfulness and with a clear view to the long-term effects of their use on ourselves and future generations. Knowing that collective suffering such as global climate change, deforestation, water scarcity and the pollution of the air, soil and waters arises from the daily actions of human beings, we are committed to transforming our way of life in order to bring about peace and harmony within our family, our local communities and ecosystems, and the world.~ Deer Park Ecological Initiative