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 just the last 100 years.

Our global population has been doubling roughly every 40 years, and it is important to realize that it would be physically impossible for this doubling to continue for much longer. Because even if you start with the number 1, and you start doubling it (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and so forth) by the 31st doubling the number would have already reached over 1 billion! (1,073,741,824 to be exact.)

And since our population is already in the billions, it can be said with certainty that the current human population growth WILL slow down DRAMATICALLY in the VERY near future. But the big question is, "What will cause it to slow down so much?"

Will there be a massive number of deaths due to wars, diseases, natural disasters, pollution, droughts and famines?

Will there be a massive drop in human fertility rates?

Or will humans choose to have less kids in the future?

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

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

It may not be possible to know the future, but are you optimistic about the future? Or does it scare you to think about what the world might be like by the time your future child is your age?

It wouldn't be wise to have a child right now if you doubted that you could provide them with basic needs like food and water, and it also wouldn't be wise to have children right now if you believe that things like food and water will become scarce in the future due to more people.

The most fundamental desire of all lifeforms is to keep their species alive and thriving, and having big families was one of the best ways to do that in the past. But as the human population gets bigger, we may find that the best way to keep our species alive and thriving is to star having smaller families.



2. REDUCE PLASTIC USE

Have you ever stopped and thought about the fact that humans are the only species on Earth who create "trash"?

One of the worst forms of trash that we have created is plastic. (Which isn't biodegradable, and can go on to pollute the environment FOREVER.) And there is no telling where plastic can end up or what kind of harm it can cause...


Below are a few some simple tips to start reducing your use of plastic...

1. Avoid Plastic Bags

One time I was at a grocery store, and I saw a customer 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. (Which meant that the grapes were now in 3 bags.)

Plastic bags are so common, that there will likely not be a day anytime soon when you don't find yourself in a situation where you can choose to use a plastic bag or choose not use one, and therefore, getting into the habit of avoiding plastic bags could easily result in you using hundreds of less bags every year. And if enough of us do this, grocery stores will choose to stop using plastic shopping bags as well, which would result in BILLIONS of less bags every year.


2. Prepare Food Yourself

If go to a grocery store with the intention of buying an apple, you will probably be able to find one that isn't wrapped in plastic. But if you want to buy apple that has been cut into slices, or that has been mashed up into apple sauce, or that has been squeezed into apple juice, it will probably come in a plastic container. (And it will probably be more expensive and less healthy than an unprocessed apple.)

If we start doing more of our own food prep, we can greatly reduce the amount of plastic we use each year. And if enough of us start refusing to purchase anything that comes in ridiculous and excessive plastic packaging, companies would stop using tons of plastic each year.


3. Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I recommend that people consume more water and less plastic, and the best way to do that is to stop buying bottled water.




3. PROMOTE MINIMALISM

Promoting minimalism is one of the best things that we can do for the planet.

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 clothing that is still in good condition, but that is being thrown away instead of donated, because we have all been conditioned to view everything from toothpicks to big screen TV's as "disposable".

It requires a lot of environmental destruction to produce a lot of the things that we buy, but because the environmental destruction isn't happening in our own neighborhoods, we often don't realize that there are some big "hidden costs" in the seemingly inexpensive products that we purchase on a regular basis.

Regardless of whether we are purchasing gasoline, cellphones, or meat, these products are only cheap for us because someone else had to pay for it with their health, their freedom, or their life.

BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD

Did you know that over a billion people in the world still live on less than a dollar a day, and that over half of the world still lives on less than $10 a day? And do you realize that as internet access becomes more available to these people, they will not only see us but will almost certainly want to "follow" us?

The average person living in the U.S. consumes far more resources than the average person living in a far less developed country. (A person in "Africa" who can't afford a pair of shoes is obviously going to have far less of an environmental "footprint" than an extremely wealthy person in the U.S. who doesn't even know how many pairs of shoes they own.)

It would be a disaster if everyone on Earth started living like the average American currently does, so it's important that we realize how dangerous it is to use the internet to "promote" our completely unsustainable lifestyles.

There are a lot of people in the U.S. right now who are incredibly wealthy, but who are also incredibly depressed, and many of them will try to cope with this by posting pictures of themselves on social media where they are smiling and flaunting their expensive cars, expensive meals, and expensive vacations to get "likes". (Which ends up causing a lot of people to feel depressed and believe that they would be a lot happier if they had all these expensive things.)

The truth is that most of us who are living in the U.S. are so "well-off" that we can buy whatever we want. (And even if we don't have enough money for a new TV, a new car, or a new house, we can even purchase things that they can't afford through the help of credit cards, loans, monthly payment options, etc.)

Yet, even though we have more material things now than ever, we also have more depression now than ever. (Which is clear evidence that having all of these material things hasn't truly made us happy.) And we need to realize and acknowledge this problem so that others can learn from our mistakes and avoid falling into the same trap.

MINIMALISM QUOTES

"Sometimes less is more."

"The best things in life aren't things."

"Remember when you wanted what you currently have?"

"It's not a good deal if you don't need it."

"If you know you have enough you are truly rich."

"There's enough for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed."

"Minimalism isn't about having less, it's about making room for more of what really matters."

"The easiest way to organize your stuff is to get rid of most of it."

"If it can't be recycled, it shouldn't be made"





4. REFORESTATION

One of the best ways to cleanse the Earth, is to cleanse the air that we all breathe by planting more trees.

And you don't even have to plant trees yourself to dramatically increase the number of trees on the planet.

Much of the de-forestation that is taking place on the planet is from big businesses who are doing it to produce and sell us things that we don't really need, and therefore, living a more modest lifestyle can help reduce de-forestation. And the production of certain goods (like fruits) actually requires the planting of trees, and therefore, eating a more natural diet can help increase re-forestation.




5. JUST ADD KINDNESS

Below is a beautiful example of how just a little kindness can bring a big smile to millions of people. (10 million views so far!)



A LITTLE GIRL SAYING GOODBYE TO STRANGERS AT THE AIRPORT



6. RESPECT OTHER LIFEFORMS

I'll make a bold prediction now that if life is ever discovered on another planet, it won't be alone, and it won't be a single species. Because life (at least as we know it) is a complex process of countless different species who all depend on countless different species to exist.

If giraffes had gone extinct a long time ago, and the only evidence we had of their existence were ancient drawings and stories, a lot of people would be convinced that giraffes were mythical creatures that never could have existed. And if giraffes hadn't been discovered yet, and an explorer suddenly stumbled onto some giraffes in a forest and took a picture of them, a lot of people would be convinced that the picture was either fake or that the orange long-necked creatures in the picture were "aliens" from another planet, because life on "Earth" can be so unbelievable that it can be hard to believe.

The belief that we humans are the only intelligent species on the planet, and the idea that maybe someday we'll find other intelligent life on some other planet is endangering the countless intelligent lifeforms that we already share this planet with.

And before we go searching for a better world elsewhere, below are some pictures of the strange and beautiful planet "Earth" that we already have and that we can continue to have for ages to come if we just start having more respect for our fellow "Earthlings"...



"MOUNTAIN GOAT"



"BABY BEES FORMING"



"SNAIL"



"SAWFISH"



"STARFISH"



"A COLORFUL CHAMELEON"





"A DEAD FISH SKELETON REVEALING THE FLOWER OF LIFE PATTERN"



"A HUMAN EGG BEING FERTILIZED BY SPERM THAT LOOKS LIKE THE SUN"



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



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