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The goal of this article is to inform and inspire you to live a more environmentally aware lifestyle. We have come to take for granted the luxuries of clean water and safe food. Our indifference is contaminating our water, food, and soil. Even the air that we breathe is quickly becoming saturated with pollution. Don’t think that just because you live in a rural area, that you are safe from toxic influences. Fertilizers and pesticides have leached from your soil into your water sources, contaminating dairy products, meat and garden produce.  

We are all responsible for this situation. Our belief that some one else will take care of the problem has made us indifferent. But there are many ways to improve our environment, and each one of us has a responsibility to do all that we can. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), we produce 4.6 pounds of waste per person, per day. We all like new and improved things. Try thinking “reuse and recycle” as being better than “new and hyped up” repetitive buying. Reducing the amount of new things that we use, by reusing old items for their intended purposes, is a good way to make a improvement on our impact on this planet. We can also reuse old items for new and creative purposes. Recycling is a way of preventing the depletion of our natural resources and preventing the creation of toxic waste created by the manufacturing process. When your things have outlived their usefulness to you, try donating them. You’ll be cleaning out your clutter and putting less waste into landfills and dumps.

Your health and the health of Mother Earth will improve if you walk more and drive less. Our dependence on oil has contributed to our air, soil, and water pollution crisis. And all of the exhaust from our cars, buses, trucks, and manufacturing processes have contributed to global warming.

Restrictions and guidelines on manufacturing are needed. We must protect the health of our planet, as well as our own. A commitment to living greener is all we have to do.

Creating a greener lifestyle can be simple. Start with the small things. Recycle your soda cans and water bottles, or carry a reusable mug to the coffee shop. Save money by cleaning with vinegar and baking soda. Walk or ride a bicycle to the corner grocery. Simply by eating or wearing organic products, you can protect the earth from pesticides and fertilizers. The planet our children inherit should be better than the one we we born into.

Reducing, reusing and recycling will help to clean up our Earth, and insure that our children and grandchildren will live a healthier life on a healthier planet.  

Thank you Rebecca Odenkirk for this article.


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