Thursday, April 22, 2010

happy earth day!!

Happy Earth Day! It seems like everything on TV, Radio, in the stores, etc etc is all about the Earth, recycling, being eco-smart, supporting local farmers, businesses, etc.

It makes me happy and sad at the same time.

Happy, that there is such a huge awareness now of things that we've been doing that have been hurting our planet - we are borrowing it from our children and grandchildren and it is so important to maintain it! On a small scale around here, we have done things like changed to flourescent lightbulbs, added insulation, turned up the A/C, turned down the heat (get a blanket!), turned off the lights, recycle everything possible, use cloth bags when shopping, CLOTH DIAPERS (holy moley!), cloth napkins every day for breakfast lunch and dinner, reUSE things or give them to others instead of throwing them out.... I'm sure I could go on. We're not perfect, but we try to do our part and it has been pretty easy just to change a few things here and there.

I get sad when I see how some people are still so wasteful, or in denial that there is a even a problem, or act like it's not their problem. So so sad.

A HUGE goal of mine is to do better supporting local businesses, local food and farmers and to stop giving our money to large scale companies that are industrializing our food production, ruining the Earth and making Americans sick with the junk that is widely produced for us to eat in this country. If you haven't seen it, watch Food Inc., very informative, and I think it is so important to know what we are eating, where that food comes from, how is it produced, and what we are feeding our kids and families. Amazing stuff that I was shocked to learn about. Knowledge is power and I definitely want to use what I've learned to do better for my family (especially the grandchildren that I might have one day!)

On that note, I hope to get out today and plant something nice in celebration of this day!