6 Ways To Cleanse The World
6 WAYS TO CLEANSE THE WORLD
1. DON'T HAVE MORE CHILDREN THAN YOU OR THE WORLD CAN SUPPORT
The chart above shows the human population growth over the past 10,000 years, and just how much it has exploded in only the last 100 years.
It is the most basic and fundamental desire of all life forms to keep their species alive and living on, and having big families was the best way to do that in the past, however, due to the rapid increase in humans combined with the destructive toll that humans are having on the Earth one of the best ways to help insure that the human species (and all of the other species for that matter) will live on is for us to start having less children.
The human population can not (and will not) keep expanding indefinitely at the rate that it currently is. (If it did there would be over 100 billion people in the world in less than 250 years from now!) So the human population growth WILL slow down dramatically at some point in the near future, but the big question is what will cause that to happen? Will it be due to deaths caused by wars, disease, famine, pollution, and natural disasters, or will it be because we realize that our current population growth is not sustainable and we make the conscious choice to have less children?
If you are thinking about having children I would encourage you to ask yourself the following question...
"If I have children what will the world be like when they are my age?"
Of course none of us can know for certain what the world will be like in the future, but are you optimistic about the direction that the world is currently going or does it scare you to think about what the world might be like when your children are your age? I ask this question because just as it wouldn't be wise to have children if you doubted that you would be able to provide them with their most basic needs in life, such as food, water, and shelter, it also wouldn't be wise to have children if you doubted that the world it's self will be able to provide enough food, water, and shelter for everyone in the future if the human population continues to expand.
Consider Adopting A Child
Over 350,000 babies are born every day in the world, but not all of them have parents who are able or willing to raise them. So if you want to raise children please consider adopting a child in need.
Consider Adopting A Pet
Every day over 10,000 animals in the pound are put to sleep due to not being adopted, yet as this is happening many people out there who want a cat or dog are actually paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars to have a cat or dog specially bred for them because certain breeds are seen as more beautiful than the stray cats and dogs that are in the pound. (An animal from the pound can offer just as much love and companionship as an expensive animal that was purchased at a pet store, and more importantly, the animals in the pound desperately need love and companionship.) So if you want a pet please consider adopting one from the pound to save money and to save a life!)
2. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
Did you ever stop and think about the fact that humans are the only species on Earth who create "trash"?
Everything in nature decomposes and get recycled. (The only "possession" an animal has is it's body and when it dies the body becomes food for other life, and even when animals urinate and defecate they are watering and fertilizing the forest.) Humans on the other hand produce highly unnatural waste products such as plastic that is designed to not break down and that is toxic to the environment.
One of the best ways to cleanse the world is to reduce the amount of trash that we produce and below are some simple things that you can start doing that can make a big difference over time...
1. Don't Use Bags
One time I was at a grocery store and I saw an old man take a bag of grapes and even though it was already in a bag he put it into a disposable plastic produce bag, and then when he got to the checkout line it was put into yet another bag, so the grapes were now in 3 bags!
Whenever possible please do not use disposable plastic bags. When you are grocery shopping you can use reusable cloth shopping bags, or you can do what I do and just use an empty cardboard box when you shop. (Grocery stores tend to have lots of empty boxes you can use and a sturdy box can be reused for shopping many times before needing to be replaced, and you can of course recycle cardboard.)
2. Prepare Food Yourself
If you want an apple you can probably go to the store and find an apple that isn't in a disposable container, but if you want to buy apple juice, apple sauce, or an apple that has already been cut into slices for you it will come in a disposable container, so for a lot of people just getting into the habit of making their own food would reduce a lot of trash.
3. Get Out Of The Disposable Mindset
If you live in the city and you go out for a walk on "trash day" you will likely see a lot of things being thrown away that are still in good condition because we have been conditioned to look at everything as being "disposable", and it is estimated that 40% of the food produced in the United States is thrown away instead of being eaten.
Please know that when you throw something away that is still good it isn't just that thing that is being wasted. (All of the energy, labor, and resources that went into producing it is also being wasted.) Producing goods such as food, lumber, and clothing requires a lot of oil, water, and land (Which are all resources that people literally go to war and die over, so please realize that the more we consume the more that people will be fighting over these resources.
Below is a video that I made showing all of the trash that I produced in one year...
3. BECOME A "MINIMALIST"
"If you know you have enough you are truly rich."
We are living in a time when we can buy almost anything that we want to (and even if you are broke you can use buy things with credit cards) and yet, people are more depressed now than ever, which suggests that owning more things hasn't really made people more happy.
Being a "minimalist" means that rather than chasing after expensive things that you don't really need and can live without, you love and cherish the things that are free in life that really matter such as your health, your free time, and your relationships.
A "Minimalist" also understands that with ownership comes responsibilities, and the more stuff that you own the more that your stuff can own you. (If it is your dream to travel and see the world it will be a lot easier if all of your possessions can fit in a backpack, and if it is your dream to do a really big project that will require a lot of time and effort to accomplish it will be a lot easier if you don't have to spend 40 hours a week at a job that you don't enjoy just to pay your bills.
Please explore "minimalism". It can literally save you a fortune and will help to reduce the destructive toll that "consumerism" is having on the planet.
4. VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLAR
A lot of importance is put on "who" we vote for, but not "what" we vote for...
It's easy to point the finger at big corporations and blame them for the biggest environmental problems facing humanity, since they are the ones who are cutting down the rain forests, over-fishing the oceans, and putting massive amounts of deadly toxins into the air, water, and soil when they produce their products. But until we are willing to admit to ourselves that if we purchase their products we are funding this environmental destruction, the problem will continue.
Don't wait for a politician to come along and do something about the environment. Major corporations have so much money that elected officials are easily controlled by them, and politicians often end up being bribed into letting big businesses get away with unthinkable crimes against nature, so it is up to us as consumers to stop supporting the companies who are destroying the environment.
Anytime that we buy something we are increasing the public demand for it. (If people start buying more meat more animals will be raised for slaughter in the future, and if people start buying less meat then less animals will be raised for slaughter in the future, because it is all about "supply and demand".)
When you see low prices keep in mind that there is a "hidden cost" in most of the things that we buy. (When we buy inexpensive meat at "McDonalds" an animal had to pay for that meat with their life, and when we buy inexpensive clothing at "Walmart" a child in a sweatshop overseas probably had to pay for it with their childhood.)
I remember being at a grocery store one time in Ohio and noticing that the "locally grown" Ohio tomatoes cost almost 5 times as much money as the tomatoes that were grown in Mexico. It didn't make sense to me how the tomatoes from Mexico (which had to be shipped thousands of miles to get to Ohio) could possibly cost that much less than the tomatoes that were grown locally, and the only way that it could possibly make financial sense was if the Mexican workers who grew the tomatoes were literally being paid about 100 times less than the tomato growers in Ohio were. (15 cents an hour for the Mexican workers and 15 dollars an hour for the American workers would be my guess as to how much they were each getting paid.
So please vote with your dollar and vote for the kind of world that you want to live in...
- When we buy fruits and vegetables that have been reduced in price because they are "ripe" or because they are just shaped a little odd it sends a message to stores not to throw away food that is still OK to eat.
- When we buy used goods at a thrift store rather than buying brand new stuff at a department store it sends out a message to people to donate rather than dispose of material goods that are still useful.
- When we buy a certain brand of product because they treat their workers fairly or because they go out of their way to be more "environmentally friendly" it sends a message to other corporations to start being more ethical.
5. RESPECT DIVERSITY
I'll make a bold prediction now that if life is ever discovered on another planet it won't be a single species, because life (at least as we know it) is a process that involves millions of different species who all depend on each other to exist, and none of the individual species on Earth could survive completely on their own.
What has happened is that the human race has separated it's self from the rest of nature and now we are destroying nature as if we have completely forgotten where we came from and are completely ignorant of the future consequences that this destruction will bring.
We must take on a greater respect for the diversity in the world and the diversity within our own species if we wish to live on and evolve to higher beings...
6. BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL
If it was announced that terrorists were plotting to poison our waters, our air, or our food supply as much as we are currently doing it to ourselves people would be up in arms and ready to go to war to stop them from doing it. (The collective carelessness of a country is usually far more destructive than any outside terrorist group could be.)
The reason that pollution is happening on such a large scale is largely due to the fact that so many people don't believe that one person can make a difference. (People don't think that throwing away 1 aluminum can is going to make a difference and because of this attitude 50 Billion of them get thrown away every year in America alone!)
Every little bit makes a difference, and "Dan Millman" (the author of the amazing book "The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior") once said that anytime he goes somewhere he makes it a point to pick up a piece of trash so that everywhere he goes will be a little bit cleaner just because he was there. I think that this is a wonderful attitude to have and I guarantee that if you go to a beach that is trashed and you start picking up the trash you will feel nature thanking you for it, and you will feel really good about it when you step back and see how much cleaner you made it.
If you live in the United States it is critically important to know that the average American will consume more than 25 times as many resources as the average person living in a 3rd world country will. (A really poor person in Africa who can't afford to buy a pair of shoes is obviously going to have far less of an environmental "footprint" than a really wealthy person in America who has no idea how many pairs of shoes they own.) And sadly the American lifestyle is so glamorized in movies, TV shows, and magazines that people in other countries want to live like us, so it is up to us as role models for the rest of the world to stop living beyond our means and to let the rest of the world know that the American lifestyle that is portrayed in the media is unsustainable and has made us more unhappy so that they can learn from our past mistakes rather than repeating them.
We are all role models whether we like it or not, so please "Walk Lightly On The Earth".
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