I've recently read the most facinating and amazing book. It changed my life and I feel compelled to tell everyone I know about it! The book is called Gorgeously Green. Written by Sophie Uliano, it takes a "glamorous" look at being eco-concious.
I recently took a vacation down to Costa Rica. While waiting for the plane to load it's passengers, I wandered through the overpriced bookstore. There sitting in the bargain book was ths book. Not thinking much of it I didn't give it a second glance. But then my boyfriend picked it up and said that I looked like the girl on the cover...Well of course I picked it up immediately (wink). But there beneath the cover was a world of information that was incredible. Here was this woman who talked about being eco-concious WITHOUT feeling like you had to walk around in a burlap sack, never wear makeup or bathe. Instead she detailed out 8 steps in which you could help protect our planet and still be "glamorous" doing it! Take a look at this video for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtyV1RsQBfI
I was hooked and over the next few weeks I learned about all kinds of ways to help the environment and ourselves. For me, I had always thought that being green meant that you had to be an activist. You know hear about it on the news all the time, people tying themselves to trees and oil tankers or throwing red paint on fur coats. That's not what I wanted to do. I wanted to (as Ghandi said) "be the change I want to see in the world." To me, that meant making small changes that have BIG impacts. God made us caretakers of this world. It is our responsibilty to protect it, preserve it, and conserve it. Too people have this view that the enivironment is something outside of ourselves, but really we are apart of the environment. We are part of the eco-system.
This country spends millions (perhaps even billions) of dollars every year promoting health, diet, recovered youth, and weight loss. We put into our bodies all kinds of "magic" pills, oinment, and syrums that are supposed to heal, and safe guard us against the tides of time and the environment. Did ever occur to anyone that all we need to stay strong, healthy, and slim has been provided to us right here on this earth. Or that these magic pills might be doing more damage to you that it is good?
We have become a society of instant gratification. I'm guilty of it and I'm sure that there are others. We want to see results now. We want change now. I believe that because of this attitude that modern day society adopted we have lost (and are losing) something very dear in the process. Our humanity, our connection to others, our connection to ourselves, and our world.
This book teaches us that by pausing, taking and breath and slowing down just a little we can do so much good in ourselves, our homes, and the world. I encourage you to look at the website and buy the book. You don't have to completely rearrange your life to green you can make a big impact with one small change. If we each make one small change in our daily lives, think about how those changes add up. I read in a book the other day, "If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country’s oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. That’s not gallons, but barrels. Small changes in buying habits can make big differences. Becoming a less energy-dependent nation may just need to start with a good breakfast(Animal, Vegetable, Miracle http://www.animalvegetablemiracle.com/Steven%20Excerpt.html)." I assure you that once you make one small change, others will follow. You'll feel better about yourself and the world around you.
We only have one world and only we have the power to protect it. I leave you with a quote from Gorgeously Green: "In Nazi Germany, it was said, 'the road to hell was paved with indifference.' I think it's the same way with saving the planet (http://gorgeouslygreen.com/)."