It’s your duty to take care of yourself and the earth. Human life is a precious and privileged thing and you must do all that you can to a) take care of your physical and spiritual body and b) take care of the earth which supports your very existence every single moment of every single day.
You don’t need to chain yourself to a tree or spend your days protesting, although maybe on occasion you should. What you really need to do is assess the small things in your life that add up to big things.
1. Buy better quality food.
It costs more and can be more time consuming to suss out but really, if you’re not willing to invest in that which sustains your very existence, then what are you willing to spend your time and money on?
Food matters. It matters for your health and wellbeing and the quality of the food you eat directly correlates with the way it was produced. Cheap veggies are usually low in nutrients and coated in toxins while cheap meat often comes from tortured animals. It’s sad but it’s true. If your eyes are half closed to this – it is time to open them wide, get empowered and make some great changes.
2. Become vegetarian or vegan.
It might sound radical, but you don’t need meat to enjoy food, to feel fulfilled or to have balanced meals. Perhaps the transition will be difficult at times but know this – you’ll be positively impacting your health, the world, and the lives of countless animals. It’s a win-win lifestyle choice. If nothing else, watch this 2 minute video. It is guaranteed to get you thinking.
3. Get rid of the toxic products.
Now that you’re eating better, take a peak around your house. Read what’s in the products that you use to clean yourself, to clean your floors, and to clean your dishes. If you can’t pronounce half of the words, it’s time to make a change. Invest in products that won’t harm you or the environment. Get rid of the animal testing, the synthetic fragrances, the parabens, the dyes, and the artificial colours.
4. Treat water like a god.
Take shorter showers, be responsible about doing the dishes in an economical way, and be toilet savvy – “if it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” Think about the way water is consumed in your house and stop letting it disappear all willy-nilly down the drain.
5. For the love of all that is holy – recycle properly.
If you have a recycling or a composting program in your city, you are so lucky. Take the time to learn what goes into which bin. Don’t be lazy about this. At the end of the week, your recycling bin should have far more in it than your trash bin. Do the planet a solid by being a good little recycling human.