Thirty positive actions for a sustainable Earth

Written by Simon Mitchell

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14. Stop using pharmaceutical drugs and chemicals and go natural We are in a culture where medical consumerism isrepparttar norm. Explore some ofrepparttar 147747 alternatives like using your food as preventative and curative medicine, or learn aboutrepparttar 147748 herbs and spices that have traditionally boosted mankind's health for millennia. There are many gentle ways to find, promote and maintain health and you will find some excellent examples atrepparttar 147749 StarFields Network.

15. Join an environmental group Express your energy in a collective way by joining a group that voices your concerns. Put your energy into changingrepparttar 147750 situation forrepparttar 147751 better by directly sponsoring a specific environmental cause.

16. Use natural materials from a sustainable source over synthetic materials The more natural a product is -repparttar 147752 less pollution is usually incurred in its production. Support your environment by valuing natural materials over synthetic, for example (organic) cotton over polyester. Think about where building materials or other resources have come from andrepparttar 147753 processes it takes to make them.

17. Feed your neighbour A quick story based on Dante's Inferno: Dante (or someone like him) visits Hell and finds a room of 'food torture'. The inhabitants are glued to chairs round a large table covered with food, but they all have their arms replaced by 10 foot chopsticks. They lift bits of food high over their heads and drop it down onto their faces in a pathetic attempt to feed themselves. Later, our hero visits heaven and finds exactlyrepparttar 147754 same situation except for one thing. The people in heaven are feeding each other acrossrepparttar 147755 table !

18. Dance, sing and laugh. Look after yourself and have fun If you are happy, fulfilled, in good humour, enjoying life's journey and so on -repparttar 147756 chances are that others around you will be able to feel that way too. This moves us all along.

19. Don't fly in airplanes If possible, take a ship or train for long hauls or holidays. Aircraft are extremely expensive in pollution terms. Enjoyrepparttar 147757 sensation of travelling more slowly. Acceptrepparttar 147758 journey as part ofrepparttar 147759 trip.

20. Take an action holiday Why not donate your energy to a cause like helping indigenous people set up sustainable economies ? There are many companies offeringrepparttar 147760 experience of useful voluntary work overseas. This is a most direct way to contribute to a sustainable world and gives you face-to-face contact with other cultures.

21. Grow more plants indoors Enhance your pact with nature by turning your home into a plant haven. Even simple spider plants can improve your space by bringing nature in and cleaningrepparttar 147761 air. Plants are pretty undemanding compared to pets and they bring life in and produce air. Gorepparttar 147762 whole hog and grow some trees.

22. Consider changing your employment What does your 'means of income' do in energy terms ? Ifrepparttar 147763 'ethics' of your employment is distant from your own values then you have essentially sold your soul for money. Think carefully aboutrepparttar 147764 consequences of your employment. Consider finding employment that is near to your core values and you will find a more fulfilled 'you'.

23. Review how you are investing in your own future Concerned about pensions ? It is certainly looking like someone has pulledrepparttar 147765 plug on that one. Anyone under 45 should be looking to exactly what they want in older years and finding ways to achieve it that may not involve money. There are serious flaws in our investment systems that are becoming more and more evident. Co-operative or communal solutions to support in older years will be an increasing solution to lack of money.

24. Review your usage of water If you have metered water, review how much you use and where savings might be made. For example bath water (without chemicals) can be used to water plants, a brick inrepparttar 147766 water cistern saves flush water. Can you userepparttar 147767 water that lands on your roof that you pay forrepparttar 147768 privilege of having removed ? Water butts are cheaper than ever and some local councils offer price reductions to residents. There are many water filters onrepparttar 147769 market that improverepparttar 147770 quality of tap-water and water is a key issue in health, we are mostly made of it ! Water is a key issue on planet earth inrepparttar 147771 21st century.

" Nearly 97% ofrepparttar 147772 world's water is sea water or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2% is locked up in ice caps and glaciers. This leaves 1% to meet all of humanities growing needs, including agriculture, manufacturing, community and personal household needs. Of that 1%, one quarter ofrepparttar 147773 world's fresh water is found in Canada's lakes, rivers and streams." (CPS June 2004)

25. Cut down on noise and light pollution Many birds in cities sing at night as it'srepparttar 147774 only way they can make themselves heard. Generally birds in cities have to sing louder andrepparttar 147775 stress this causes gives them shortened life spans. Listen for a moment now - what can you hear beyondrepparttar 147776 hum of computer fan? How much of this noise is really needed? Wouldn't just some 'quiet times' be nice? Get together with your neighbours and see if you can negotiate a local 'quiet time', like a Sunday morning. Unnecessary light also interferes with wildlife and even worse - it blocks outrepparttar 147777 stars - a source of wonder tillrepparttar 147778 end of time.

26. Start your own herb garden Grow your own medicinal and culinary herbs. Many of these are easy to grow on a windowsill, in a window box or tub somewhere. The direct growing and use of plants ties you into natural cycles and rhythms - you could even learn about 'moon gardening' cycles and biodynamics !

27. Grow your own food Even simple growing such as mustard cress or delicious sprouting seeds contributes to a good diet. A surprising amount of your own food can be grown in a little space by using 'potato stacks' or climbing fruits. There is no better feeling than harvesting your own crop and eating it with friends. There are many dwarf bush varieties of fruit, some even have more than one fruit type onrepparttar 147779 same bush.

28. Downsize Think about how you can work less and keep a good quality of life. Balance quality of life with standard of living. Contribute less to GDP andrepparttar 147780 national/global economy and more to a wholesome local and global ecology. Think global and act local.

29. Go organic Whatever you consume, source it from a place that values natural processes over industrial ones. There are many enterprises providing organic food, drink, clothing or materials from sustainable sources. Take pride in tracking these down and using them in preference to more exploitative practices.

30. Spend time with nature Takerepparttar 147781 time to visit nature and spend time relating with it. Find and adopt special places where you can go to feelrepparttar 147782 cycles and forces of nature and know that it is an aspect of you, and you of it. Many people are forming 'collectives' to protect or improve special places they value.

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Clearing out hallways

Written by Mary Lambert

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family’s coat, jackets and umbrellas. A lot of hallways are very narrow so place a mirror on a side wall to expandrepparttar space. Never place a mirror oppositerepparttar 147598 front door, however, as it bouncesrepparttar 147599 energy straight out again. Think about having a side table underrepparttar 147600 mirror with a letter rack or tray for your post and a key holder to store keys. Place fresh flowers there or an attractive evergreen floral arrangement forrepparttar 147601 festive season. Ifrepparttar 147602 hall (and porch) needs painting, paint it a shade ofrepparttar 147603 front door’s colour to draw more yang (positive) energy into your home. Make sure you have good lighting,repparttar 147604 brighterrepparttar 147605 better to improverepparttar 147606 energy flow. Lastly look atrepparttar 147607 art (or lack of it) onrepparttar 147608 walls and add some inspiring posters, landscapes or abstract pictures that reflect your personality. Avoid anything that depicts sadness, poverty or something that is hard work e.g. people climbing mountains as these symbols may start to reflect in your life. Clean any rugs and polish floors and you are about ready for visitors.

Mistingrepparttar 147609 atmosphere with lavender essential oil (put 5 or 6 drops in a plant mister half filled with water) will liftrepparttar 147610 ambience and leave a wonderful fragrant aroma. Mist regularly duringrepparttar 147611 Christmas season and seerepparttar 147612 beneficial effects on your guests.

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