i have been really convicted lately to stop talking about how "cool" it would be to be more environmentally conscious and to start DOING something about it.
my husband and i have talked for years about how our lives impact the environment. actually, i used to think he was obnoxious for bringing it up so much. he wanted to eat organic food way before it was popular or "chic"; he was always fascinated by electric cars and those zip cars you can rent instead of owning one; he talked about wanting to power our car with homemade biodiesel; he really sort of forced me to think about recycling when i didn't want to make the effort. and there are a ton more things i could add here. he was my first educator down this green road.
but with all the education, i approached the subject with a small mind: we don't have the money to just go out and build a "green" house; we can't afford to buy all organic. so i just really pushed it out of my mind. i mean, i talked about how important it all was, or at least nodded my head when other people did. i was moved inside when i watched programs about the polar icecaps melting. i got worried about what condition our planet will be in when my grandchildren come along.
the thing is, it was too easy to be worried and then not do anything. i mean, it takes effort to make changes, doesn't it? and if we are honest with ourselves, we just want to be lazy, shut our eyes, and hope that the problem goes away. but WE have created the problem. so it is incredibly unfair to children everywhere to expect them to bear the burden of the condition the planet will be in when they inherit it.
ok, that's enough deep thinking. so moving on to what i'm excited to share: i was finally moved to action this past week to make some real changes in our life. they are small steps, like the name of our reusable grocery bags, but i am telling myself that if we all make a few changes it really will make a difference. so here's what i'm committing to do--and feel free to ask me how i'm doing from time to time!
1. i'm going to take the plunge and order cloth diapers. we are in a bit of a financial crunch right now, and they take a bit of up-front investment, so i can't do it right away. but within a few weeks, i hope to be able to write a post about them and how great they are!
2. i'm going to attempt to stop using our clothes dryer for most things. i have to get a second line and a couple of those drying racks, but even with a family of 5 i think i can do it. i really have no excuse when the florida sun is so powerful that it dries pretty much anything, including jeans, within a couple of hours.
3. we started a compost, and we are going to try our hand at growing a few vegetables and fruits. we'll see how that goes--the bug challenge in this climate is ridiculous, so i hope it works out okay...
4. we are going to unplug our TV and computer at night.
5. i'm going to stop being lazy about recycling. we recycle, but i don't always feel like checking "is this a 1? a 2?"
6. we just began using cloth shopping bags for grocery shopping, and we've mostly had a good response in the checkout line.
it's a rush to think that maybe, just maybe, my small steps can make a difference. sure, there are lots of people doing lots more than me, but it takes a village, right? i would love to hear your thoughts and ideas if you have the chance...