Please take a moment to take this footprint quiz*. The results will tell you, in a rough estimate, what your ecological ‘footprint’ is on the earth. The results can be fairly sobering–especially for those of us who live in North America in stand-alone homes, who commute daily to work, etc.
Sparked by this discussion over at SunstoneBlog, I thought it might be productive for us to discuss some of the ways that we each try to lessen our impact on the earth’s resources. I’ll be the first to admit that I can be wasteful, and that my efforts–even as conscientious as I want to be–are only a drop in the bucket compared to the harmful impact that I have on environment. However, I believe that purposeful living has rewards that go beyond immediate environmental savings; it has a spiritual component, too. For when we tread softly, we are filled with gratitude–for Mother Earth, for Father in Heaven, and for the remarkable gift of life.
A few of the ways I recycle/reuse/repurpose/reduce waste everyday:
–devoting time each day to moderate Freecycle
–maintaining 2 vermicomposting bins on my back porch; shredding my junkmail and feedng it to the worms
–adopting kitties from the local animal shelter
–buying produce from the famer’s market or organic items from Trader Joe’s
–maintaining a gianormous organic garden (weeding party, anyone?) and serving as the treasurer for the community garden council
–borrowing items instead of buying them. And loaning our stuff to others as needed, too
–using both sides of printer/copier paper
–giving gifts of time and love at holidays, instead of ‘stuff’
–bringing my own bags when I shop
–taking the train or bus when I travel instead of renting a car
–not eating meat
[*Note: my footprint was 8, what’s yours?]