6 Ways To Sustainable Living

Bryan Welch was once the editor of my local paper, The Taos News. Now he is the Publisher and Editorial Director of Ogden Publications, which is the parent company of Mother Earth News, along with other gardening, building and farming magazines. The magazine, which debuted in 1970, became an integral part of the back-to-the-land/self-sufficiency movement that characterized the era.

Bryan’s blog at Mother Earth is called Beautiful and Abundant. It’s philosophical in tone, pondering the planet, agriculture, energy and our place in it all. One recent post is New Meaning for the New Covenant, and I pondered along with Bryan.

Referencing the Bible, Bryan says Jesus sacrificed his life for the good of others and future generations. He is asking us to do the same. Not literally, unless you are that dedicated to improving the planet and saving resources!

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What you can do?

It will take Mother Earth many of our lifetimes to regenerate, but in the meantime you can make a few sacrifices for her benefit and that of future generations. What you do now will make a difference in 100 years!

1. Don’t use pesticides in your yard. Respect the ecology of the area. We need bugs, mice, birds, bees and weeds. They all complement each other. To avoid using pesticides, grow native plants and those adaptable to your area. Mulch with compost from kitchen scraps, grass trimmings and leaves.

2. Grow your own food to keep Monsanto from entering your kitchen.

3. Drive less. Commit to taking public transportation once a week. Maybe you’ll love it and ride the bus every day!If you can’t drive less, get a smaller, more efficient car. Cut down on emissions with a hybrid or electric car.

4. Unload at least one item a week to reduce how much ‘stuff’ you have. When you have less stuff, you can move to a smaller house, which mean you will have lower energy bills and less area to maintain. Good for your bank account and your peace of mind.

5. Shop at a thrift store on each shopping trip. Because of the economy, second hand stores are getting as common as grocery stores. They are full of good quality items at a fraction of the cost of new.

6. Trade an item or a service with a neighbor. Bartering has also flourished in this slow economy. Try it instead of buying something new. Each time you purchase something new, it hurts our environment.

So those are a few strategies you can start with. The first step is the hardest, but it will lead to living with nature and not pushing against it.

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