Tuesday, April 22, 2008

COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS: Ideas for sustainable living

By Laura Kischitz

Harvard - Earth Day, a movement started in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, then Senator of Wisconsin, was originated to raise awareness for a healthy and sustainable environment. While progress has been made on some fronts, the combination of increasing population on the planet, the burgeoning industrial economies of both China and India, and our “super-sized” lifestyle here in the U.S., means we have a long way to go. I’ll stay away from the Armageddon-type images toward which one might conclude we are headed if we continue operating on the business-as-usual model. However, when you really dig into the science behind this call to action, you certainly get a disturbing view of the consequences from our thirst for fossil fuels and endless appetite for “stuff.” Therefore, I’ll strongly encourage each of us as citizens of the United States, to rethink our lives and all of the habits that we have established. Let’s start with a few simple resolutions for this week:

Celebrate Nature
Spend some time in nature and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Go outside, listen to the birds, take a walk to a pond, stream or waterfall, lay in the grass and watch the clouds, relax and enjoy the beauty and wonder in our own backyards.

Clean up your act
Look at the cleaning products you are using in your home. When something you are cleaning your house with requires you to call poison control if swallowed, it can’t be good for you or your family. ...

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