Let’s connect to nature, wherever we are, in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator.
Things are not quite right, not as they should be and many of us are feeling a latent discomfort about the the way our planet is being treated right now. What if we just stuck together and made our planet great again?
So simple?, you might ask.
Nearly, I’d say.
But, isn’t it an impossible task, an enormous tour de force to change the world to a less polluted and healthier place and motivate humans to act differently? Isn’t it too late to avoid natural catastrophes and biodiversity loss anyway?
No one knows exactly. The good thing is, you are part of the solution!
And this is what you can do:
1.) Live waste free: Say NO to plastic bags. That is very easy though. If you feel quite advanced and this is not a big deal for you, live waste free! Buy products without packaging e.g. loose apples at the market or at a farm (home delivery of vegetable boxes possible). Check out packaging free shops in your area and ask supermarkets to become waste free. Instead of cans or PET bottles use refillable bottles or simply drink water from the tab or well.
2.) Get in touch with the Earth: Listen to Mother Earth, sit down, get in touch with this planet, that carries you, nourishes you, provides fresh air and gives you shelter. Sit down on a calm peace of land, start observing and feeling your surroundings and find out, what is connected with each other. Do not only think about the obvious things like the roots of the tree which are connected to the soil but find out less obvious connections. You might feel the pulse of the earth which can be quite eye and heart opening!
3.) Move green: Car sharing is a wonderful way to travel and creates a win-win-win situation for the planet, the driver and the traveller. The driver saves gasoline, you save money, the planet has to deal with less cars and emissions. Additionally, it’s a great way to meet people, that otherwise you might never get to know! Using public transport often is quicker and less stressful than using a car. Biking is one of the greatest ways to move: It’s not only good for the planet, but shapes your body, you look healthy and attractive, you feel free and close to nature. Or are you more the walking or running type?
4.) Love animals: Wouldn’t it be great to live in peace with the animal kingdom? 53 billion (!) cows, pigs, chicken and other animals for production are breeded and killed in industrial farming worldwide each year. The production of meat is responsible for more than 18 percent of world-wide greenhouse gas emissions. Rethinking ones eating habits can have great influence.
5.) Eat regional, seasonal and organic: Eating regional food leads to less trailers on the road and less emissions. Eating seasonally helps getting aware of natural cycles. Strawberries ripen in May, apricots in June, berries in August, pears in September… Organic Permaculture cultivations provide huge yields and don’t need pesticides nor herbicides.
6.) Use energy from renewable sources: The sun and the wind are the power stations of the future. Do you use renewable energy in your daily use of electricity? Does your company do so? Is the server or your e-mail account or your blog running with green electricity?
7.) Get connected – Meet likeminded people! How about visiting an ecological festival, where you can part(y)izipate? Or get your food at a Food Coop. Join an urban gardening group. Visit one of the many eco-villages and do a workshop there, look up a sharing page, take part at the next GAIA is hiring Unconference, visit the yearly Global-Ecovillage-Network meeting, get connected with your neighbours, … There are many ways to get connected with each other and with nature.
8.) Frequently ask questions: Where does the food I eat come from? Is it really necessary, that my food is wrapped in plastic all over? Are there pesticides on my freshly looking greens? What are the main reasons for environmental destruction and what can I personally do to change it? Why should humans get away from fossil fuels? How much plastic swims in the oceans? Do I agree on what’s going on? How do I support this and where can I start to make a difference?
9.) Act. To know is great, but acting is greater. This means stepping up to the plate, which is not easy in the first place but most satisfactory. Start with the first step and take one step after the other. Don’t get frustrated, if things don’t change from one day to the other!
10.) Join the movement: You are not a lone warrior, if you are caring about the planet. The arising challenges are not to be completed alone. It is all easier to walk this way with companions. Visit the next transition base, impact hub, community, sustainability group, climate march, Earth talks, … and you’ll be surprised how many people with brilliant ideas and projects you’ll meet.
Recently, I had been at the GAIA is hiring Unconference, where 45 like-minded people came together to connect with nature and to question what kind of people our planet would be looking for and how to become GAIA worker (no unemployment!). Numerous visions, ideas and solutions do exist.