education

I think the key to a better future is effective and early education about important topics such as environmentalism, equality, etc.

Earth Day: Celebrating Our Mother!

There is a reason we call our planet Mother Earth. She protects and provides for us. Along the same lines, we should not bite the hand that feeds us. We cannot simply return the favor by expressing gratitude for all she has done for us; thanks will not save the planet!

We must work to achieve harmony between the Earth and all those that inhabit her. a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.

On this International Mother Earth Day, I want to encourage everyone to reconsider how they interact with the natural world.

You might be wondering how to help Mother Earth today. Here are some useful tips:

  1. REDUCE
    • The first thing to go should be plastic straws! They are completely unnecessary and aren’t recyclable!
    • Eat local, grow your own food, and incorporate meatless meals if you don’t already!
    • We know fast-food is wasteful, but so is fast fashion. Try purchasing your clothes second-hand and donating or giving away the clothes you don’t wear!
    • When possible, buy high quality items because generally they will last longer!
  2. REUSE
    • Reusable water bottles are a must!
    • Using reusable bags at the grocery store is also an easy way to reduce waste too!
  3. RECYCLE
    • If you do find yourself with a water bottle, aluminum can, or other recyclable material, please recycle!
    • Make sure what you put in the bin really is recyclable in the area and is clean. It’s a real bummer if the materials aren’t recycled due to contamination.

These are simple tips, but they could help change your life and lead you to have a positive impact on our planet and those around you! It also won’t hurt when you save money on clothes and water bottles!

Let me know how you are showing love to Mother Earth today!

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Nature

Sometimes it can be hard to continuously find motivation to reach your goals.  Second thoughts come up such as,

Is it really worth carrying around all these reusable bags?

or

Can’t I just buy a plastic water bottle when I get to the gym?

and even

A Big-Mac sounds good right about now!

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Canoeing the Mississippi River with Quapaw Canoe Company (Clarksdale, Mississippi)

Everyone’s goals and second thoughts are different, but if you haven’t had them yet, I’m sure you will! (or I’m very proud of you!)

When I am hearing these thoughts, it is hard to snap out of it.  The only sure way I know to get back to where you want (and need) to be is to venture into nature!  Petting a few animals reminds me why I choose to be vegetarian.  Swimming in a lake and seeing all the fish and animals reminds me why I don’t use plastic.  Those animals don’t deserve to eat the plastic or have it stuck around their necks!

Seeing beautiful trees and greenery reminds me why I don’t want to cause any harm to our dear Earth!

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looking out at the lake and the mountains in the distance at Linville Land Harbor (Linville, North Carolina)

 

I know that not everyone has access to all of the beauty I have seen this summer (hope you like these pictures!), but there are other ways!  Fresh air always helps clear the mind.  If you want, you can send me a message, and I’ll send you pictures!  You can always find pictures from actual professional photographers online too!

No matter how you personally choose to do it, I ask you to meditate on the beauty of our Earth and how you treat our home.