Good news Fort Collins, our efforts to be clean have left us as # 14 on the cleanest US cities list! Check it out here.
Let's all take a moment to muse the greatness of this planet and take a look at the resources we have to help us have less of a negative impact on our lovely environment.
1. One of the easiest things we can do is Recycle and Reuse items. You can check out your local policies here.
Recycling helps us maintain our forests as well as reduce waste in our landfills, water and air in addition to saving resources that are destroyed and polluted via manufacturing new goods.
Fort Collins, CO has some awesome thrift shops and consignment boutiques and below a few are listed. If you never have, I suggest you go check out the following!
Remember, using reusable or recyclable bags is another great way to reduce your imprint at the grocery store too!
2. Second easiest way to help Mother Earth is to carpool, take the bus, walk, bike, run, skip, etc to reduce your solo drive time.
With the number of commuters steadily increasing and the auto-industry still chugging high speed, fuel consumption has jumped drastically. Let's do our part to reduce our imprint. If the store is a quarter mile away...try walking! Not only will it burn a couple extra calories and help your heart, it also will help our lovely Earth.
Fort Collins, your local bus schedule can be found here.
3. Start going Organic.
The official definition of organic crops in the United States is as follows from the USDA:
" Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation."
The regulations also exclude the labeling of Genetically Modified food-like items as organic. (Hurray!) Those benefits will be discussed in a later thread, but trust that it is a very, very good thing to not support these crops that are destroying all that is natural in the world and feeding our disease rates.
Don't panic about the thought of going organic. Just start small and work your way up. Choose one item to start replacing and then go up from there. If you look at the price differential between your big medical bills, earth degradation and grocery bill you will notice that organic doesn't always mean it will break your bank. Plus, the quality of the organic items in nutrient density and natural biological construction means that you are getting more for the money you put in to begin with. Nutrient dense equates to more satiating food that we need less of to do the same job as the knock off engineered varieties.
There you have it! 3 EASY ways to help save our beautiful home, Earth.
I personally am working to reduce my imprint as I prefer to see natural skies than those influenced by pollution. I prefer to, in the words of Emerson, "drink the wild air" and delight in the ocean and splendor of the mountains. I love my forests and am grateful for the food this Earth naturally produces and gifts us with.
Love your home, Earth.