Our young group, Voice of the Earth, has a probono law firm with whom we’re working called Palmer/Cooper and they are a Green law firm. One of the lawyers, Matt Palmer is LEED Accredited, and they have done all they’ve could to have their offices be environmentally friendly. They even give me their legal waste (shredded paper) so I can feed my worms in my worm condo with it – mixed with food compost, of course.
So they’ve asked me to write a short piece for their new quarterly newsletter. The first one is due out shortly (they are a young firm). So I was thinking about this, first wrote one about how to insulate your house (window strips of caulk, etc.) and then this burbled up in me this morning. This is what I really want to express these days…
Eco-Sustainability is an Act of Love
Many people are clamoring today for us to be more Green. We need to conserve resources and use less fossil fuels. We should buy organic foods and avoid chemicals in our cleansers and sprays in and outside the house. The list goes on and on.
What most people don’t realize is that becoming more Green or Eco-Sustainable is an act of Love. When Al Gore came out with his film An Inconvenient Truth and it was aired and discussed in far wider circles than most environmental topics at the time, it called for dramatic change in how much fossil fuel we use and the consequent CO2 emissions. What it did was raise concern – a good thing – and unfortunately, great fear along with it. We really don’t know what Climate Chaos will ensue with all this CO2 in the atmosphere, this huge experiment we’re conducting by driving our cars and heating our buildings, scraping mountain tops, etc.
What we’re forgetting in this seeming panic of environmental trends is that it’s really about Loving our kids, our grandchildren, and the community around us that is the truer motivation for being more Green (and getting that Prius, or taking the bus instead of driving). It’s about caring and showing concern for the young ones who will step into this great time of uncertainty and feel quite overwhelmed by it.
It’s also about loving the plants and animals around us who share this planet, this city, this neighborhood with us. Creatures who are only innocent bystanders to the Great Experiment of the Industrialized World – many of whom are going extinct.
But this is not about guilt. It’s not about feeling bad about the loss of life. It’s about pulling up our bootstraps and realizing that just maybe, just maybe this planet we call Earth (Native Americans call her Earth Mother) loved us into existence and we’ve forgotten that Love. And we can start to remember it. For each other. For those of a different skin color. For the very worms who aerate and fertilize the soil with their actions. That’s really what it is all about – just Loving the Earth and our wee corners of it and the neighbors there of four-legged, two-legged and photosynthetic ways.