Our goal; to ultimately become 100% self sufficient. This is our beginning. Our trials, our losses, and our climb up the rocky mountain to the infinite win. This is for those who are the curious. The ones who decide their fate and not let it into the hands of the unknown. This is our story of letting go from the path most walked.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Turning the End Around
So there I was watching the beautiful Russell Brand going on about whatever Russell Brand goes on best about when a thought came to me. It was totally non-related thought, but a thought never the less.
It’s not easy to drop everything you’re used to in life and completely turn a 360 when you don’t know all the facts, or at least a decent portion of the facts. As our goal being to be self-sustaining and more earth friendly, it’s a total bogger looking around at everything we still have in our lives that opposes that idea. We still have an abundance of waste we build up even though we recycle our cans/bottles and papers, we still take wasteful long showers, once in a while we leave the water running while brushing our teeth, and we’ve burnt things that probably shouldn’t have been burned into our ozone. Things we are determined on changing with this move in our lives, and even now we are implementing the best we can. Not a lot of this and that’s but taking into the account the statistics of the average person per above simple non conscious act gives you these numbers:
Now I, and I’m sure Mike as well, grew up in a family that paid no conscious attention to these facts and the repercussions there of each act. I went to out back in the woods with old friends and burnt tires; but we had fun, right? We we’re oblivious to the real damage done; now that is something that can be changed here and now. A decision to act on never doing something like that again and spreading the word about its harms. All these things we learn so that if we have children someday, they will know the truth and not be oblivious to the destruction to the world that so many step over like a piece of gum on a hot day.
For information on burning items and the dangers of in your backyard click here
Mankind is turning what was once a beautiful word, “man-made”, into an ugly atrocity that is hurting everything including our own existence. But hey, there’s money to be made and spent and there’s nothing more to it, right?
I found a beautiful website that has a short list of things that you can do to help the world a bit without completely turning your life around. I will give the link to you, but a few things on the site that really caught my eye were:
"GO VEGETARIAN ONCE A WEEK
One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. For example: It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also also save some trees. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.
WASH IN COLD OR WARM
If all the households in the U.S. switched from hot-hot cycle to warm-cold, we could save the energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day. Only launder when you have a full load.
SHOWER WITH YOUR PARTNER
Sneak in a shower with your loved one to start the day with some zest that doesn't come in a bar. Not only have you made a wise choice for the environment, but you may notice some other added...um...benefits.
Consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers or farmers' markets, supporting your local economy and reducing the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in. DOWN WITH WALMART!
GIVE IT AWAY
Before you throw something away, think about if someone else might need it. Either donate to a charitable organization or post it on a web site designed to connect people and things, such as www.Freecycle.org
USE RECHARGABLE BATTERIES
Each year 15 billion batteries produced and sold and most of them are disposable alkaline batteries. Only a fraction of those are recycled. Buy a charger and a few sets of rechargeable batteries. Although it requires an upfront investment, it is one that should pay off in no time. And on Christmas morning when all the stores are closed? You'll be fully stocked."
I didn’t give it all away, there’s 44 more ways for you to look through on the site that you may want to incorporate in your life: http://www.50waystohelp.com/