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 how much it has exploded in only the last 100 years.

The human population will not (and can 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, and there would be over 100 trillion people within few hundred years after that!)

So the human population growth WILL slow down dramatically at some point in the very near future, but the big question is what will cause it to happen? Will it be due to an unimaginable number of deaths caused by wars, disease, famine, pollution, and natural disasters, or will it be because we have less children?

It is the most basic and fundamental desire of all life forms to keep their species alive and thriving, and having big families was the best way to do that in the past, but because of all the damage we have caused in the world, one of the best ways to help insure that the human species (and all of the other species on Earth for that matter) will live on is for us to start having less children.

If you are thinking about having children I would encourage you to ask yourself the following question...

"If I have a child now, what will the world be like when my child is my age?"

Of course, nobody 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 heading in, or does it scare you to think about what it might be like in the distant future.

I ask this question because just as it wouldn't be wise to have children right now if you doubted that you would be able to provide them with their most basic needs in life (such as food and water) it also wouldn't be wise to have children right now if you are constantly hearing statistics that these same basic needs will be scarce in the would by the time your children are your age.

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 are actually paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars to have a cat or dog specially bred for them. 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 breaks down and gets recycled. (And even when animals urinate and defecate they are watering and fertilizing the forest!)

Humans on the other hand produce highly unnatural and toxic waste products such as plastics that are designed to only be used once but are also designed to never break down, and therefore can go on to pollute the environment for countless years to come...








TIPS FOR REDUCING "SINGLE USE" PLASTICS IN YOUR LIFE

Tip # 1. Don't Use Plastic Bags

One time I was at a grocery store and I saw an old man grab 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!

I assure you that if you care even a little bit about the plastic crisis there will not be a day that goes by where you find yourself in a situation where you "could" use a bag, or you could choose not to use one.

When I go grocery shopping I will always bring a backpack with me, and sometimes I will bring a cardboard box. (Grocery stores have lots of empty boxes and be willing to let you have one, and if it's a sturdy box you can use it at least a dozen times before having to recycle it and get a new box.) This way I don't need anything put in plastic bags.

Tip # 2. Prepare Food Yourself

If you want an apple you can 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 even an apple that has been cut into convienient slices for you it will probably come in a disposable plastic throw-away container, so for a lot of people just getting into the habit of doing their own food prep would result in a lot less plastic each year.

Tip # 3. Have a Reusable Water Bottle

I recommend that people drink more water, but I don't recommend using more plastic, so instead of buying water from the store I would encourage you to get a home distiller and keep your water in reusable glass containers so that you can avoid plastic, drink the cleanest water possible, and never ever have to buy bottled water again.


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 furniture, electronics, and clothes being thrown away that are still in good condition because we have all been conditioned to look at everything as being "disposable".

Please know that when you throw something away that is still in good conditin 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.)

Almost everything that we buy at a store requires a lot of oil, water, and land to produce. (Which are all resources that people literally die and go to war over.) So please realize that the more wasteful we are the more that we are inadvertantly causing suffering.

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 don't have enough money you can still purchase things that you can't afford with the use of credit cards, loans, or monthly payment options) and yet, people are more depressed now than ever. (Which strongly suggests that more stuff hasn't really made us happier.)

Being a "minimalist" means that instead of chasing after expensive things that you don't really need, you love and cherish the things that are free in life and that truly 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 be able to afford to buy more stuff that you don't need.

Please explore "minimalism" because it can literally save you a fortune, and it will help you to "walk lightly on the Earth"!




4. VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLAR

A lot of importance is put on "who" we vote for, but not "what" we vote for...

Anytime that we buy something we are increasing the public demand for it. (If people start buying more meat it means that 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".)

And keep in mind that when gas prices are really low or when there is a big sale on beef, it is only that cheap because there are "hidden costs" that most people aren't aware of. (The true cost of a pound of beef or a gallon of gasoline is so high that nobody would buy it if it wasn't for these "hidden costs".)

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 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 so little compared to the tomatoes that were grown locally.

But then I learned that the reason I was paying so little for tomatoes from Mexico was because the Mexican workers who worked in the tomotoe fields were literally being paid about 100 times less than the tomato growers in Ohio were. (15 cents an hour compared to 15 dollars an hour!)

When we only pay only a little for meat, an animal had to pay for it with their life. When we only pay a little for brand new clothing it is probably because a child in a sweatshop had to pay for it with their childhood. And when we go on shopping sprees and fill our homes with lots and lots of inexpensive things that we don't really need we will eventually all have to pay for it when the resources needed to produce the things that we actually need to survive become scarce due to how much we spent them on producing things that we didn't need.

It is easy to point the finger at major coroporations for destroying the environment when we see images of massive oil spills, or we hear statistics about the large scale deforestation and overfishing that is being caused by the meat industry, but as long as we are purchasing their products we are helping to fund this destruction, and the best way for us to do our part as consumers is to become more aware of the "hidden costs" in the things that we purchase, and to let companies know that we are more concerned about these "hidden costs" than we are about the price tag on the shelf.



5. BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL

We are all role models whether we like it or not, and if you live in the United States it is critically important to know that people in American typically consume 25 times as many resources as the people living in less developed countries. (A 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 doesn't even know how many pairs of shoes they own.)




6. 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 other lifeforms to exist, and none of the individual species on Earth could survive completely on their own.

We must develop a greater level of respect for the diversity in this world if we are going to survive, and I would like to end this chapter by simply sharing images of some of the amazing and unique life forms that live on the beautiful planet known as "Earth"...



"MOUNTAIN GOAT"



"BLOOMING CACTUS"



"BABY HONEY BEES"



"PINK SEA SLUG"



"HUMMINGBIRD LEAF FLOWER"



"WHALE SKULL"



"SATURNIIDAE MOTH CATERPILLAR"



"SNAIL"



"BIRD MURMURATION THAT LOOKS LIKE A BIRD"



"MULTICOLORED CORN"



"BIOLUMINESCENT GLOW WORMS ON A CAVE CEILING THAT LOOK LIKE THE STARS AT NIGHT"



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