“We are all flowers in the Great Spirit’s garden.
We share a common root and the root is Mother Earth”
Grandfather David Monongye (Hopi)
Here are a few suggestions to help reduce our impact on Mother Earth, our common root; our shelter; our home and our provider.
A few simple changes will make a difference:
- Try and buy locally produced products with as little packaging as possible
- Grow your own food or forage for wild food – read “Food for free” by Richard Mabey.
- If you have a small garden, use the vertical space to grow vegetables/fruit. Layer your plants with hanging baskets (for strawberries or tomatoes) or use climbing plants like runner beans.
- Consider getting an allotment or joining with others to form a community garden with some land that your council is not using.
- Try and source clothes made of natural materials, e.g. wool or linen. Be creative and make your own, adapt clothes you already own, have fun in the Charity shops looking for some good bargains or swop with friends.
- Reuse or recycle everything that you can; get the family involved and make it fun
- Join recycling schemes like www.freecycle.org for worldwide coverage
- Change to a green energy supplier
- Turn off lights and other appliances when not in use
- Buy beeswax candles as ordinary candles are made from oil; they also give a wonderful atmosphere
- Install or increase loft insulation and cavity wall insulation
Cleaning - read Green Cleaning for Dummies for more information
Avoid chemical sprays and cleaners – instead use:
- Soda water cleans glass and wine spill on carpets
- Washing soda or sodium carbonate is good for cutting grease in washing (soak well first)
- White distilled vinegar deodorised, bleaches, cut through grease and removes stains.
- Fresh lemon juice bleaches, disinfects, deodorises and cuts grease.
- Use wind up torches
- Use a carpet sweeper instead of a vacuum cleaner
- Consider mulching and no-dig methods to improve the soil in the garden
- Buy organic peat free compost; invest in a wormery to make liquid plant food from kitchen waste.
- Call on and work with Angels and nature spirits to create a wonderful harmonious garden
- Walk, cycle, use your buss pass if applicable, or share lifts
In the UK at the moment many people are working towards self sufficient communities with transition towns like Totnes in South Devon and sustainable towns like Frome in East Somerset, look out for, or join with others to start up schemes, in your area.
These are just a few ideas - enjoy finding ways that suit you and your family knowing that you are helping our beautiful planet.