Remember: Earth is and ISLAND!-According to NASA our best estimates are that there are at least 100 BILLION galaxies in our universe. The precise chemistry and conditions for LIFE to FLOURISH here in Earth is absolutely astounding. These facts are definitely worth layering into your worldview, some might call it a cosmic perspective.
Now that our brains are way out there, big picture thinking, let’s talk about motivation in general.
Depending heavily upon your knowledge and worldview these same motivations can be applied to living more sustainably
From my cosmic perspective I stand in absolute awe of the presence of life on planet earth. Each day I pause for at least a moments to enjoy and reflect on all the things I am so lucky to have and be. It changes the way I think, feel, and behave.
What emotions come up when you think about your loved ones, your family, and your home? How do you define your family and your home? How do those translate into actions? For me family is deep connection, deep love.
We are a highlysocial species with incrediblepower as individuals and unimaginable power as a collective. There are countless people working in their small goals, and those small goals add up to big changes. It’s such a relief to remember that I am not supposed to have all of the answers or do all the work. Especially today as so many similar movements are gaining momentum, it’s so easy to join up with others and give exactly what I am able.
Let’s pause now to take a few moments to reflect and share.
e.g. the civil rights movements, Real story of Rosa Parks. Now let’s discuss some ways we change the way we live to ensure the future of our loved ones.
Often that spark will shift your perspective and you’ll delve ever further into more topics. Start somewhere, pick an issue that is most interesting to you and start researching! Always consider the source….Documentaries, Blogs, Lectures, Books, Conversations…There is a wealth of information out there, someone has thought about it, tried it, and blogged about it.
With the money you save by becoming a weekday vegetarian you can buy much more eco-friendly animal product options: local and sustainably raised!
Conserving water helps reduce the energy used for water conveyance, treatment and storage. Reducing hot water usage saves energy as well.
Sustainability for Everyone
2012 Earth Day at the Norman Bird Sanctuary A workshop presented by Erica ThompsonAmericorps OSEEC member at NBS
To get up in the morning, to work, to workhard, to care for yourself, to care for theenvironment, to give time and support toyour friends, to your family, to yourcommunity?
A sense of responsibilityA deep feeling of gratitudeFeeling called to action or inspired byothers
The words and actions of others: Mahatna Ghandi: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Margaret Meade: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, its the only thing that ever has. Mother Theresea: “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.” Rachel Carson- Author of Silent Spring and founder of the modern environmental movement (led to the banning of DDT and the creation of the EPA) Family, friends, neighbors….. http://s181.photobucket.com/albums/x307/ElkinsWV
What we share: a common genetic code 98% Chimpanzee 21% Zebra Fish 36% Fruit Fly 15% Mustard Grass 7% Bacteria This is MY family, this is OUR home http://www.dailygalaxy.comhttp://www.thetech.org/genetics/common.php
Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. -The Environmental Protection Agency
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As long as you are on the path, no matter howsmall your steps, it makes a difference.Big cultural changes are usually a collectionof small changesHumans are extremely adaptable and resilientFear is not effective, but dissatisfaction can be
Grow your own!!Buy local, eat with the seasons Food is more fresh and has travelled far less Know who grows your food and how they do it.Do some research, USDA organic is not alwayssustainable and too costly for small farmers to getcertified. Talk to your farmer!Advocate! Know how the upcoming Farm Billeffects you and your community
http://iamguiltless.blogspot.com “The livestock sector is a major player, contributing to more than 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2 equivalent. This is a higher share than transport.” -FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS Rome, 2006
HungerEnvironmentCancerCholesterol Again,Natural ResourcesAntibiotic Get Informed!!!!PesticidesEthicsSurvival
According to the EPA 27% of our waste could becomposted! That’s 1.2 lbs of useful, smelly garbageper person that could be kept out of a landfillsEVERYDAY!Recycling is nice, but preventing, reusing andrepurposing are even better Get crafty Choose less packaging Buy in bulk, use reusable containers Bring your own take home containers and mugs at restaurants and coffee shopsLadies: Diva Cup!
“Despite America‟s efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle waste, more than half of the garbage that Americans produce ends up in landfills…... Landfills are not designed to break down trash, merely to bury it. Permitting a modern landfill generally takes about a decade, costs millions of dollars…….” “The average American discards 4.34 pounds of garbage every day.”http://www.environmentalistseveryday.org/solid-waste-management/garbage-trash-waste-facts.php
Shop local Support your community by strengthening your local economy Buy handcrafted goods from small shops and farmers markets Reduce the transportation mileage that goes into delivering your goodsWhat you buy sends a direct message about whatyou support Research the practices of the businesses you support- What are their ecological and social impacts?
Shop thrift and vintage stores- 5.2% of waste inlandfills is clothingBuy organic cotton- it’s the number one crop forpesticides world wideBuy natural fibers- many of them can becomposted!Support companies that produce high qualitygoods that will repair them for the lifetime of theitem like Patagonia.
Health and Beauty Toothpaste, Deodorant, Shampoo, CosmeticsCleanersRepair instead of replace, and then dispose/recycle responsibly!Do not put anything on your face or down thedrain that you would not put in your mouth!
Avoid flying when possible, the pollution getsdumped directly into the atmospherePublic TransportCarpoolRide your bikeTake a walk! http://alttransport.com
Only 3% of the planets water is drinkable, and2/3’s is contained in glaciers and ice capsEducate yourself about watersheds and how youcan protect our precious water resourcesConserve Water plants using leftover water from pet baths or cleaning (assuming you are using eco-friendly cleaners) Catch and use the cold water that flows while you are waiting for the water to heat up. Save water AND energy Collect rainwater Flush the toilet less, 1/3 of our water is used for flushing toilets! http://liveearth.org/en/save/water
Renewably sourced energy and conservationcan save you money and provide more energysecurity for individuals and communitiesWe all know about the value of makingsimple reductions in your usage Don’t leave lights on when you’re not in the room Turn computers off when not in use Unplug appliances and cell phone charges, they are using energy even when you are not in the room!
Living sustainably will improve the quality of our lives, not diminish them, though that may involve a shift in values Maybe you will have more quality time with your family- less time consuming media and more time gardening, riding your bikes together, or enjoying a low-lit nutritious meal. Your health may improve with adopting a diet that includes a lot more local, whole, plant foods. Perhaps your social ties and sense of community will strengthen In sustaining our environment we allow our fellow earthlings to flourish too.
How nice would it be if sustainability were simply the way of life of your community?http://fancycribs.com/19060-camp-jrf-eco-village-by-metcalfe-architecture-design.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9I3Q6-ZSTI Follow the link, watch the video!
FoodFarm Fresh RI- www.farmfreshri.org/ A directory of farmers markets and other sources of locally grown food in the state, including a restaurant guide. The markets sponsored by Farm Fresh RI accept SNAP benefits, and some of them will begin to accept compost! List of farms in/around Middletown: http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farms.php?zip=02842 A Market in Newport- http://www.myamarket.com/ The Green Grocer in Middletown- http://www.thegreengrocerri.com/ Revive The Roots Foundation- http://revivetheroots.org/- Helping Rhode Islanders move towards a more sustainable food supply with educational gardening. Eating with the Ecosystem- www.eatingwiththeecosystem.org- Sustainable local seafood for New England National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) http://sustainableagriculture.net/about-us/ is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. Edible Landscaping- a great blog on sustainable, edible landscaping. http://www.ediblelandscapingmadeeasy.com/ Sierra club- A great article on food, I especially like the „what you can do‟ portion http://www.sierraclub.org/sustainable_consumption/food_factsheet.asp
Waste Fast Facts- http://www.planetpals.com/fastfacts.html RI Recycling Resource Corporation- http://www.rirrc.org/content/ Composting-http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rrr/composting/index.htm Plastic bag slideshow- Watch this before you ever use another plastic baghttp://www.poconorecord.com/_flash/soundslides/20080505plasticbags/soundslider.swf Energy Energy Informative- http://energyinformative.org – Information on manyaspects of renewable and non-renewables Great article from Providence Journal about RI energy- http://www.worldfutureenergysummit.com/Portal/news/3/9/2011/efficiency-is-the-best-way-to-conserve-energy.aspx Energy Dept Energy saving tips- http://www.energysavers.gov/ RI renewable energy From ri.gov- http://www.energy.ri.gov/programs/renewable.php Newport Biodiesel- www.newportbiodiesel.com Newport Solar- http://newportsolarri.com/
WaterRain Harvesting- http://www.harvesth2o.com/Conservation tips: http://liveearth.org/en/save/waterDIYHealth and Beauty, and Cleaners- Home cleaners, Deodorant, Shampoo etc are easy to make yourself at home with safe ingredients. You‟ll be amazed at all the uses of baking soda and vinegar! You can cut down on artificial and potentially dangerous ingredients, packaging, shipping, and COST! Just look up recipes online and start experimenting. Use old containers that have been cleaned out to store your new DIY beauty products.Natural Beauty at Home, a book- http://www.amazon.com/Natural- Beauty-Home-Easy--- Use/dp/0805070222/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330368695&sr=8-1Handcrafted Goods- Support those in your community that are handcrafting goods, and in turn support your local economy- check out craft fairs, artist open-houses, and farmer‟s markets. The community tent at NBS Harvest Fair is a great spot to find out what crafters in RI are making!-RI Handmade Blog- http://rihandmade.blogspot.com/
Green Living Websites and BlogsApeiron Sustainable RI Things you can do: http://www.apeiron.org/new/sustainableri/things_you_can_do.phpSierra Club Sustainable Consumption Committee- a great resource for fact sheets and green living tips http://www.sierraclub.org/sustainable_consumption/Treehugger- http://www.treehugger.com/living/Do The Green Thing-Practical things you can do http://www.dothegreenthing.com/Green America (NGO)- http://www.greenamerica.orgGreen America article: 10 things you should never buy again http://www.greenamerica.org/programs/shopunshop/unshopping/neverbuy.cfmBioengineering Corporation- Building sustainable communities on an ecological foundation- http://www.bioengineering.com/ourstory.php#Mother Earth News www.Motherearthnews.comTransition US- Common people preparing for a time when cheap oil is no longer an option http://www.transitionus.org/Natural Step http://www.naturalstep.org/Earth Island Institute http://www.earthisland.org/Envirosax- resources list:-http://www.envirosax.com/education_resourcesWorld Changing . org http://www.worldchanging.com/ Worldchanging.com is a nonprofit media organization dedicated to solutions-based journalism about the planetary future.EPA Green Livinghttp://www.epa.gov/gateway/learn/greenliving.htmlhttp://www.epa.gov/greenhomes/overview.htm
Environmental QualityRI Department of Environmental Managment- great source of information on RI‟s environmental quality http://www.dem.ri.gov/DEM Earthwatch http://www.dem.ri.gov/earthwatch/index.htm350.Org- http://www.350.org/WWF Living Planet Report http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/all_publications/living_ planet_report/Intentional Communities/ Eco-VillagesGreat blog entry about the future of intentional communities- http://www.greenecocommunities.com/blog/2008/08/23/the- futures-so-bright-sustainable-communities-and-eco-villages/Fellowship for Intentional Communities- http://www.ic.org/D Acres in NH- Education center, communal living, and camping- http://www.dacres.org/index.html
FilmFree documentary websites- TV Serieshttp://topdocumentaryfilms.com Planet Earthhttp://watchdocumentary.com/ Design: e²http://documentaryheaven.com/ YouTube Real Eyes sustainabilityDocumentaries animation featured in Manufactured Landscapes Sustainability for Everyone The Story of Stuff workshop at NBS- A New We http://www.youtube.com/ The Sustainable City watch?v=B5NiTN0chj0- Off The Grid Rethink Sustainability, also Food Inc featured in Sustainability for The Future of Food everyone Vanishing of the Bees http://www.youtube.com/ The World According to Monsanto watch?v=a9I3Q6-ZSTI The End of Suburbia About Transition US- Thirst http://www.youtube.com/watch No Impact Man ?feature=player_embedded&v=Jk Zietgeist: Moving Forward 9Qe9O1UiY#! Thrive