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We Can Change The World

Start today - Every day is Earth Day!

Nurture your relationships
If there is discord in your home, do everything you can to heal it. The positive energy of loving relationships helps heal the planet. Make an effort to stay in touch with friends and relatives. There are too many lonely people in the world.

Stay awake and aware
Don’t be lulled into complacency by television, news media and your daily routine. Seek out alternative news sources and spread the word.

Use your talents to bring joy, comfort or help to others in your community
Do what you can to break down cultural barriers and open hearts and minds to the love and beauty of every living thing.

Let your voice be heard on issues that are important to you
War, the environment, social justice, health care, etc. Contact your state, local and national representatives and candidates and let them know your concerns and the position you want them to take on these issues.

Just say no to corporations
Saying no to corporations is one of the most powerful tools we have in moving our society toward a better way of living and a safer world. Corporations thrive on the sale of products made from petrochemicals and high fructose corn syrup Ironically, the planet and human beings would be healthier with less of these substances in the environment.

Saying no means a change in lifestyle to reduce dependence on petrochemical products. Not just gasoline, a very big one, but all plastics, most fragrances, many cosmetics, children’s toys, many pharmaceuticals, fertilizers and pesticides are made from petroleum. The production of these products is polluting, and the products are toxic.

The other large corporate product is high fructose corn syrup, the basic ingredient in most sweetened and processed foods on grocery store shelves. The elimination of high fructose corn syrup in the American diet could reduce illness and death from obesity, now an epidemic, and diabetes.

The changes required to move away from dependence on these products is simple and difficult. Think about the food you eat. How much is fresh? How much is processed? Move toward eating more fresh food. Start growing some of your own food. Check out farms in the area and buy as much fresh food locally as possible. Locally grown food is healthier because it is more nutritious and “eating in season” is good for health. Eating locally grown food reduces the use of petrochemicals used to transport food. Food in grocery stores travels and average of 1,500 miles – lots of big trucks burning lots of petroleum on the roadway.

Get rid of plastic in your home. Choose glass for storing food and drinks (recycle glass containers as much as possible). Get a good water filter for your home. Stop buying bottled water.

Choose toys made from wood and other safe, non-plastic materials.

Check out the ingredients in cosmetics, detergents, fabric softeners and household cleaners. Any product label that lists “fragrance” can contain from 50 to 2,000 petrochemicals.

We can reduce our dependence on corporations and improve our health and the health of the planet with these lifestyle changes.

Here you can find inspiration and resources for thriving in your own life and for making the world a better place.

Click on the You button and browse through resources on health, stress-management and spiritual practice.

In the Environment section,you’ll find information about what’s happening to the planet and what we can do to keep this home of ours healthy and beautiful for ourselves, our children and grandchildren.

The Community section is a workshop of ideas for finding better ways of living together. Follow our “work in progress” creating a local living center - here you can watch a pilot project being created as we make progress on bringing this concept into reality.

Events

Resources

 

Connecting Globally

www.earthcareradio.com

www.permacultureactivist.net

www.organicinitiativecaribbean.org/

www.transitiontowns.org

www.transitionnetwork.org

www.storyofstuff.com.

If you put your heart
against the earth with me, in serving

every creature, our Beloved will enter you from our sacred realm

and we will be, we will be

so happy.

-- Rumi

Inspiration
Check out these websites,
events and projects

Connecting Locally

Edible Austin's website is a great resource
www.edibleaustin.com

www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/

www.sustainablewaves.org

www.bountifulsprout.com

www.festivalbeachgarden.org

www.transitionaustin.org