Many years ago, I worked on a pro-bono ad campaign for a recycling/reuse program in Los Angeles, before being green was trendy. It became a model for similar programs in other cities, so it was an exciting non-profit for me to work with. More importantly, it had the effect of awakening a personal realization : that we had alot of waste and toxic stuff in our world. How can we sustain our growth, and the evolution of humankind if we are destroying our planet? I realized the necessity for recycling and for buying biodegradable, ecologically-friendly products. If we want to create good karma, sustain a beautiful environment, and have a wonderful planet for the next generation: we need to care for it.
My interest in gardening has also made me realize that as humans, we do have an impact on nature. Not only do I hear about global warming and toxins on the news more frequently; but on a personal basis, I have a great appreciation for our fragile eco-system. My little microcosm gives me insight into the bigger picture. So, although I would never think of pouring poisonous chemicals onto my plants, or into my drinking water; and I certainly wouldn’t want this stuff near my dog, or the fish in the oceans….why do we still deny what we’re doing individually? If each of us can do a small thing everyday to make our planet more sustainable, we absolutely must.
So, although I don’t consider myself to be a hardcore green person or “environmental activist,” I’ve incorporated some daily practices into my life. In the same way that health-conscious people get educated by reading nutritional information and learning about whats good and bad for them; I’ve tried to buy earth-friendly products and recycle. I’ve also gotten more interested in buying natural home care and personal care products for myself; and natural products for my dog. Luckily, I live in a place where access to an assortment of these kinds of products is available. But one of the things that I love about the internet, is that it’s made access to these kinds of products available to EVERYONE. There’s no reason why we can’t find these products anymore, no matter what part of the country we’re in.
In the same way that I think that positivity and good deeds can be contagious, I think that being “as green as we can” in our daily lives also has a ripple effect. So why not do more good things, and be better caretakers of our environment? I think we have choices— not only for what we purchase, but what the aftereffects of those products are. I hope in some small way, that my wanting to be more aware and do good for our planet creates good karma…not only for myself, but for all of us.