Anyone who knows me knows that I am not exactly a tree hugging hippie. I am water-wasteful and take a bath each morning and night, I am not great about recycling and I've been known to use more aerosol hairspray than Motley Crue in the 80s. I should be better.
However, just a little thing to think about - The current world population is around 7.2 billion. So far this year there have been 43 million births. Now for the scary part - There have only been 18 million deaths. That is a 25 million surplus in population so far in this year alone. We are overpopulating the Earth. We are over-consuming natural resources. We are depleting this planet, and I honestly believe it won't be that long at all, possibly even in our lifetime that we will all suffer greatly for it.
Currently there are 900,000,000 undernourished people living in our world. 15,000 of these people will die today. Maybe you don't think about that unless one of those starving kid commercials comes on television, but you should. No one deserves to go hungry and each one of us is lucky that we live in a place where food is so readily available and we have the means to purchase it. But this doesn't just effect those impoverished nations, there are people going hungry in the town where you live. If we continue to deplete the Earth, we won't be able to sustain life and it will be you and I or our children who won't have food on the table.
What can you do though? Well, I like the organization Feed the Hungry. It's a good cause. They help people who need food now. But as for our earth and the global resource depletion, there are many things we can do to ward off our ominous future. Scientists are saying that we should stop eating meat. They say it is a great waste of natural resources and energy to raise livestock for food. As a vegetarian, this is a easy thing for me, but my son, who is a complete carnivore would literally want to die without his tasty chorizo sausages, juicy hamburgers and steak. So let's be reasonable here. I, personally, can't completely change my lifestyle, I'd never expect anyone else to do that either. I'm creeping up on 40, set in my ways and I enjoy a certain amount of comfort. Yet, there are things we can do without a drastic change like using cloth diapers or stop bathing. *vomit*
It's summertime. Not only would it be a great benefit to your health, save money and help relax you but walking (or cycling) instead of driving is an excellent way to conserve gas and reduce the effect of emissions hurting our atmosphere.
Use those fancy little spirally bulbs in your house. Save on your electric bill when you do it too! Also, turn off your computer at night, don't preheat your oven (one of my close friends will probably cringe if he reads this, but I never do this anyway. I'm impatient. I throw that crap in when I flip it on) and of course, turn off your lights when you aren't in the room.
Buy one of those trendy reusable cups and stop drinking bottled water from those throwaway plastic bottles. It takes forever (literally) for those to decompose.
Instead of buying flowers for your sweetie, buy a tree. Every time she looks into her yard she will think of you versus flowers that last a week and need to be thrown away. If you don't have a sweetie, buy me a tree.
I've written blog posts before about buying local, but this is an awesome thing to do. It helps your community's economy and reduces the amount of pollution getting your produce from some far away farm to your table.
I could go on and on here about recycling, reducing your use of paper and water and all that jazz, but I think if we all make just a small effort at first and ease into taking care of our environment we can make a huge difference. Happy Earth Day, everybody! Let's stop crapping on our planet!