I warned you in my one-word post that I’m going to have a hard time with the environmental part of my green focus. It’s going to take a lot to turn this slovenly carbon yeti into a somewhat better consumer of stuff. I think it’s important, first of all, to say WHY I want to minimize my impact.
Some of you have already stopped reading. I can sense it. The reason is, being careful about the environment is linked to an Agenda for you. You think it’s about saving trees over people – as if it’s a zero sum game.
You read Genesis 1:28,
And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
and take hold of those words subdue and dominion, but don’t read on to
And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
I see the Earth as a gift. God gave it to humankind with the caveat that we are to subdue (bring it under our direction) and have dominion over it (be the leader). He did not give us the right to use it up like a tissue and throw it away. If we’re good to the land, the land will be good to us, and if we abuse the land, we will suffer the consequences, because we have not accepted the responsibility that comes with dominion.
I’m terrible about this. I don’t usually give much thought to what I’m throwing away, buying, consuming and wasting. It is my goal, though, to give it a good shot this year, and form healthy habits that, let’s face it, won’t save the world, but will attempt to do my part to take care of that gift.
So far, here’s what I’ve done – they are babysteps. I’m trying.
1) I’ve replaced as many lights as I can afford right now with the energy efficient, environmentally friendly ones. And, because they get much brighter than the old incandescents, I now have only one light bulb in my bedroom, and two in the living room, and I can still read. Also – am saving money. check.
2) Recycling electronics – Target and others stores have recycling bins for used electronics, cell phones, printer cartridges, etc. If you’d rather give them to a good cause, plenty of churches sell their electronic recycling to earn extra cash for their soup kitchens or youth events.
3) I’ve turned down the heat. We are using more clothes and throws during the day and I have an electric blanket that I turn on right before I get in bed. This saves on gas, which also saves on money. double-check.
I’m working on a few more things, but doing it all at once is time and money-consuming. So, I am asking for your help – what is your best, easiest or most energy-efficient advice for going green?