I have always held a particular life view: hope for the best and prepare for the worst. I have recently spent more time thinking about my impact on the environment and how my religious convictions require that I be more proactive. We have discussed several issues on this blog ranging from Christian beliefs to Star Trek; however, we have yet to put forth any real life, everyday solutions. I don’t think that there is a magical solution or that the majority of people will wake up one day and decide to take better care of the earth. I personally believe that many people are unaware of what goes on around them. Not that they chose not to care, but they simply don’t think about it. My intentions therefore are to lay out realistic and effective ways that we can make a difference for our planet, as examples to others, and to fulfill our sacred stewardship.
There are two phrases that I have heard frequently throughout my life. The first is a saying I learned in the third grade: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The second I heard in Primary: Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without. Something simple we can all do is try to recycle. If you already do, great job and keep it up. If you don’t, then there is never a time like the present. You don’t even have to burn yourself out with recycling everything you ever use, start small with something like newspaper and cardboard boxes.
Another thing we can all do is try to be smarter consumers. Consuming goods in America is a just a fact of life. Whenever you buy a new appliance you can’t ask for one without all of the packaging. What we can do is buy the cereal that comes in a bag instead of a box and a bag, drink more water and spare the pop cans, and buy bulk instead of individually wrapped. You can also buy things second hand where possible- saving you packaging and money. When you go hunting, only hunt what you are willing to eat. When you drive a car, if you have the option, carpool or take the car that is better suited to individual travel- not the SUV etc.
Sooner or later most of us will buy a home. We can make that home a modest one, one that is suited to our needs more than our pride. With that house we can plant a garden and trees etc. These things will not only lessen our personal impact on our environment, but they will enable us to stay close to nature and to teach our children and loved ones to respect and cherish the source of our mortal nourishment and home.
There are so many things that we can do as individuals to create a better tomorrow today and a better future for everyone. I believe the key is to willingly sit down and decide what it is that you, as an individual person, need and want within reason. We then have to be both willing and able to make goals with our natural surroundings in mind. I honestly believe that is we think about it, it is really doable.