Recently I’ve been reading, Uprising For The Earth, by Osprey Orielle Lake. This is a wonderfully inspiring book, with a subtitle: Reconnecting Culture With Nature. It’s not so easy these days, as the two have grown apart.
I am fortunate to live on the Pacific North Coast of California, surrounded by rivers, ocean and woods, where my children were also raised. Frequently though, I think about the issues that Lake brings up in these quotes:
“What happens to us, TO OUR CHILDREN, in our urban centers when we experience primarily the smells of industry, smog, petroleum and chemicals? What happens to our native ears when left only with the sounds of cars, telephones, freeways and mechanization? What happens when our hands and eyes rest only upon human made things?…….Our human experience is dependent upon what influences our daily lives, and we are only beginning to take into account the consequences of depriving our children of direct communion with the Earth, and all the plant life and creatures.”
Uprising For The Earth
I know that we can’t all run from our lives in the cities, and it’s no longer just our locale that keeps kids indoors. City dwellers, or country folk, I would love to hear about your plans to compete this summer with your child/grandchild’s electronic tablet, i-Phone, and television. Thank you in advance for sharing on “comments.”
Why is it important to support local farmers?
“The loss of small family farms has dramatically reduced our supply of safe, fresh, sustainably-grown foods; it has contributed to the economic and social disintegration of rural communities; and it is eliminating an important aspect of our national heritage. If we lose our family farmers, we’ll lose the diversity in our food supply, and what we eat will be dictated to us by a few large corporations.”
Go to: Sustainable Table, to read entire article.
To find a Farmer’s Market in your area go to Local Harvest. Put in your zip code and you’re on your way!
To find out what’s in season year round, go to: Eat The Seasons
There is good news, however, in the same article above, “Over the last several years, there has been an explosion of interest in small family farms, local food, and the preservation of rural communities and their heritage. Chefs, food lovers, citizens, parents, activists, students and many others are coming together to rediscover the benefits of eating sustainably-raised, locally grown food.”
When you find a Farmers Market, take your grandchildren along. Turn it into an event, or if possible, take them to a farm. They will love it, and they need to know where their food comes from.
It’s only a stamp. How can it possibly make a difference?
It can, and it does make a difference. Choosing these stamps, and using them may seem like less than a drop in the ocean. But, there are no insignificant acts when we are working toward the goal of a cleaner and healthier earth. Small steps can change a culture.
Each stamp promotes a way to be “greener,” i.e. sharing rides, buying local, composting, etc. And, the graphics are great!
Like Nike says, “Just Do It.” The next time you need to get stamps, purchase these and start using them. You will never know who may have been inspired to change their lifestyle, or at least to think about greener issues. It’s all important, every step that we take toward a greener earth, and a healthier future for our children.
Cool sites to cruise with your grandchildren, then GET THEM OUTSIDE! The grandchildren are so attached to their electronic devices these days, that we may need to start with a really cool site that gets their attention. I believe the ones below do an incredible job of sparking an interest to GO OUTSIDE. As always, you will love the time together. ENJOY!
BIODIVERSITY American Museum of Natural History
THE GREEN SQUAD Kids taking action for greener, healthier schools.
FIELD TRIP EARTH Travel the world with your web browser – use the airplane cursor
EARTH RANGERS Kids taking action to help protect wildlife.
JOURNEY NORTH View migratory animals and report sightings from the field.
“What is the use of a house, if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
Henry David Thoreau
Here it comes again – EARTH DAY, April 22, 2012! You can search the web these days, and fortunately find myriad ways to celebrate our earth on this date, and just as many opportunities to become involved. Unless we’ve been in a cave over the past few years, we are becoming increasingly aware of the basics; i.e. recycling, water conservation, energy conservation, and so on. But, I’m not sure that many of us are aware of the environmental science (now don’t let your eyes glaze over) behind the behavioral changes that we are asked to think about on Earth Day. Don’t just take someone’s word for it, when they talk about global warming, water shortages, potential famine, etc. read what scientist have discovered.
I follow a couple of sites that I find informative and easy to access. In other words, easier for most of us (the non-scientists among us) to comprehend. Listed below:
Science News Magazine Of The Society For Science & The Public.
Environmental News Network
Environmental Health News
There are myriad others, of course, but these are a few of my favorites, and a good place to start.
Just a little fact of interest: I was surprised to discover that Earth Day 2012 will be the 42nd anniversary.