Living in harmony with nature is the foundation for green living. We are a long way yet from mainstream sustainable living. For this to happen, we need to have an understanding of its vital necessity, we must develop a passion for it and we must demand it! If we do not demand, or desire, free energy, organic food, sustainable products, waste efficiency, toxic-free air, water, soils and abundance for all, our planet will continue to be raped, pillaged, destroyed and depleted of our natural resources for the monetary gain of a few at our expense.
Our capacity for living green requires a shift in our conditioned belief system. While most Americans have been enjoying the new lifestyle offered by the industrial and technological era, the hidden consequences now being revealed are disastrous to both the health of our planet and ourselves. Despite all the concern about climate change, the transportation luxury of automobiles and airplanes continues to pollute our air. City water is deliberately poisoned with fluoride and chlorine while fresh water sources are toxic with industrial waste. Our oceans are dumping grounds for plastic trash and assorted toxic waste which threatens the health off all sea life. The endless onslaught of pesticides and insecticides are poisoning our soils, fresh water and our food supply while simultaneously killing our bees, songbirds and all manner of precious wildlife and purposeful insects. Meanwhile, the poisonous pollution of our air, water, soils and food is silently destroying the body, mind and spirit health of all people who dwell in these toxic environments. This is hardly a good trade for the benefits of our modern lifestyle!
Many environmentalists and ecologists believe we are already beyond the tipping point to repair the damage done to our planet. While a point of no return might be possible, I choose to believe in the rejuvenating power of nature if given the chance, and in the power of the people to create change. Community power has successfully stopped fracking, stopped industry pollution, stopped GMO food and stopped fluoride in the drinking water. While petitioning and pressuring our government leaders for change is both necessary and potentially effective, the faster course of action is at the local, grass roots, community level. I believe we tend to underestimate the real power of grass roots for change. Paul Hawken, in his book Blessed Unrest, enlightened the world as to the staggering numbers of grass roots organizations around the globe doing incredible work, and ready to step up to the plate in big ways when the opportunity arrives. These millions of non-profits are holding the vision of this new Earth long before they are even sure of the possibilities. This is the Universal law of deliberate intent at its best, with faith that the obstacles like injustice and corporate greed will eventually be removed to allow the correct flow of creation to manifest.
At the personal level, some of our immediate choices to support green living can include:
• Solar, wind or geothermal power for your home
• Build with sustainable materials
• Grow your own food or start a community garden
• Question and research every product you purchase as to its sustainable value
• Recycle everything you can
• Stop drinking bottled water
• Study and connect with nature
We have a long road ahead of us for the fulfillment of living green on this blue planet. If we can put our faith in the wisdom of nature and in the passion of our innate creativity, our capacity to live peacefully, abundantly and harmoniously with nature can become our reality.