Iâ€™ve long been an advocate of living a sustainable life, having been a â€œback to the Earthâ€ family starting in the early 70â€™s. We moved to a small farm, with the purpose of giving the kids chores, as well as growing everything we ate. Well, time moved on, the kids grew up and I retired. But I still love being able to live close to the Earth, make things from scratch, getting by with little. My garden keeps getting smaller, I try not to use much energy, and now I can find time to help others clue into this lifestyle. Perhaps I have been cluing folks into this mode for some time anyway, as most of my friends, and their children have nicknamed me â€œMother Earthâ€ .
So what am I doing this year. Three things are on my agenda. The first is writing. Iâ€™ve been writingÂ to the local newspaper as well as my church newsletter about the easy way to conserve energy by just changing 3 light bulbs this Spring from incandescent to energy saving fluorescent. Several people in our community mentioned they made the change now. Second, Iâ€™m going to offer a free Earthbox making workshop to our church community in May. Everyone who comes will go away with anÂ earth friendly container garden for their deck or porch, that can produce wholesome vegetables grown locally. Here is a link to the article I wrote in Gather last year on these great boxes. Thirdly, I just paid $41 to an organization I just found out about this morning.Â Â I passed the idea on via email to over 100 friends. Iâ€™ll pass it on to you.
â€œIn celebration of Earth Day, I'm sending you an address of a wonderful site for getting green! You can eliminate most of your junk mail and help out the Earth too. I decided to pay the $41 to them and have them do the work. It lasts for 5 years and you can add other catalogs to the list , plus 1/2 of that $41 goes to a non-profit group from their list. Within 2-4 months you'll have 90% less junk mail , thereby saving a lot of trees. â€œ
Happy Earth Day!