Saving the environment shouldn’t be seen as something so phenomenal, because if seen that way, doing it would mean so much resolution and hard work. Saving the environment is simply going back to the basics. It is simply remembering how uncomplicated we used to live, how we never knew fast-food, how we chewed our food slowly and talked over dinner, how we patiently rose from our couch or bed to change the tv channel.
There are several opportunities available to every individual at any time of the day to help save mother earth. These are absolutely not-scary ways that anyone is capable of doing.
First, we should remember to savor each moment. There is no need to rush even if there are a hundred and one deadlines to beat. We think more clearly and more intelligently when not rushed or stressed, hence, walking or biking to work shouldn’t be such a silly idea. We should use the stairs more often and the elevators and escalators only in the event of dire need or extremely weak knees. Motorized vehicles, as well as elevators and escalators that consume too much energy, were invented for faster movement but are not meant to completely substitute human physical exertion.
Second, we should take time to breathe and smell earth in its true form. Thus, we must try to lessen our dependence on climate-controlled rooms. Air-conditioning units use too much electricity and energy. After all, sweating is good for expelling toxins from our body.
Third, we should start remembering the joys of cooking at home and enjoying meals served on a regular dinner table. Hence, we should let go of drive-throughs and of Starbucks coffee while going to or from work. By doing so, we use regular dining utensils rather than styrofoam and plastic utensils that harm the environment.
Fourth, we must begin to relive those days when we used to spend our weekends and holidays in the park or in our village streets playing regular games and just biking around. Hence, we must try to stay out of enormous climate-controlled malls with innumerable fast-food restos that use styrofoam and plastic dining utensils.
Fifth, we become children again who sweat under the sun, run in the rain, and drink water from the faucet. Thus, we must endeavor to stop buying bottled water in the hope of slowly diminishing the use of plastic bottles.
Sixth, we cease to be wasteful and start to reuse and recycle items in the house. If there are unused clothing, shoes, tools, and furniture, we put up a garage sale or donate them to the less fortunate so these items that have lost their usefulness to us will be put to good use by others.
Seventh, we use a lot of imagination and creativity on how to put to good use old and dusty stuff in the house, in the garden, or in the dirty kitchen. Perhaps we can come up with an art form out of some old buttons and frames, and display that imaginative art form in our living room as an ode to the environment.
Eighth, we learn a little from the indigenous people, who believe that nature is the source of all life and wisdom. We therefore respect nature by always remembering to dispose of our trash properly, “greening-up” our own yard, and helping trees grow abundantly.
Ninth, the refrigerator is a huge consumer of electricity. It would be a wonderful opportunity to market or harvest from our own garden what our body needs for the day, and give the fridge some rest day. As all the other eight opportunities listed above, this doesn’t have to happen drastically or every day, but we simply set aside one day for some service to the environment. Of course, like anything else in our modern life, we crave faster movement as well as comfort and convenience at all cost, hence, we go for bigger fridge that store more food and the microwave for quick food in plastic containers. Why can’t we just set aside one creepy day when we try to see what food we can prepare from our own garden, or otherwise market what we need for the day without using the microwave or the refrigerator?
Lastly, let us remember that not one person really owns a mountain and the ocean, and there is a reason for that. These places are sacred as they belong only to mother earth. The mountain is a serene place so when we plan to visit one, we must not bring along gadgets that contribute to noise pollution and disturb the locals as well as other animals that habitate it. And, the beach is not, and cannot be, a bar or a mall. It is nature’s gift with sea or marine life such as corals and mangroves that need to thrive naturally. It is a place where there are sea turtles, frogs, and other small beings whose existence depend on natural sound and natural light (like moonlight) and these cannot be intruded by strobe lights or bar lights or by bar music. The message is simple. We must respect all forms of life and the pure way with which they exist.
These ten things do not require a big organization in order to be carried out. These ten things can be done by a single person anytime if only that person has compassion for our true home. Imagine what happens if all of us believe that we are that single person.