This is Earth Week, a celebration which aims to increase awareness of the natural world around us. This year, the biggest event is ongoing and is staged by the earth itself. The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano has disrupted the lives of millions of people and will undoubtedly have an ongoing effect on weather and the economy this year. We have friends stranded in Switzerland and a co-worker is having to extend her vacation in Paris until at least this weekend. While we concern ourselves with mankind's carbon footprint, the power unleashed by storms, earthquakes and volcanoes can change our environment in a few minutes.
Here are some ways we are trying to change our habits and thinking;-
- reducing use of plastics in general and for food preparation specifically
- buying animal products locally and avoiding packaged meats from factory farms
- reducing the use of animal products substantially
- making use of our composter and green bin for all kitchen and garden waste
- buying local foods and goods as much as possible even if they are more expensive
- avoiding mass-made, inexpensive items i.e. "Made in China"
- eliminating processed foods and eating more meals at home
- contributing to reputable charities who assist people in third world countries to go to school and to run sustainable businesses