I think that in a lot of ways, it depends on one's path. I know a lot of people who actually get rather offended at the implication that their beliefs require them to be environmentally conscious, but since my faith is a rather odd mix of neo-Druidry and my family's Cherokee heritage beliefs, it really does impact me.
I'm a huge fan of shopping at farmers' markets. I recycle everything that our community will allow, and I buy anything I can that is recycled (even my toilet paper is made from recycled paper). I'm not as mindful as I ought to be, necessarily, but I do what I can to fit it into my lifestyle.
I've been tending a very small garden. I'm very much a novice gardener, so I'm starting small. We use the energy saving light blubs. I've also been composing (for the garden). Because of Spark People I've been carring a reusable water bottle with me everywhere everyday.
I have tonz of the reuseable grocery bags, but I've never been good at remembering to bring them when I go shopping. Many times if possible I'll request paper bags instead of plastic.
1. I recycle. 2. I do not use plastic bags for grocery shopping. 3. I do everything I can by bike (&bus if it's Winter) 4. I use energy saving light bulbs 5. I try to mostly shop at local farmer's market when it comes to thing like veggies, meat, etc.
You can turn all the hard work I've done against me. But I'll still give my best - and guess what, my best is better than yours.
1. We "buy green"/organic whenever money allows 2. We are replacing our light bulbs with CFCs 3. We recycle 4. Reuse whenever possible 5. Buy glass containers, both for health and recycleability 6. Reusable bags
There are probably others... I just don't think about it because I have tried to incorporate as much as I can, if that makes sense.
Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare -- Japanese Proverb
I understand posting the same question to more than one group. I just hate posting my reply to more than one group. I replied to this under A Healthy Pagan Life, because that was the notice I got first.
I overcame my spiritual obesity, now for the physical!
I personally have instilled a no litter policy with my kids. I use cold water when I do laundry. I would also start like to use the energy saving light bulbs but at the moment just can't afford them. I'm staying with my sister right now since I just moved to Austin and she does recycling which is a very good thing. I know I need to do more though.
Since many of us consider ourselves followers of "Earth-based" spiritual practices, should it also be that the onus is upon us to be the greatest stewards of the environment as well as the strongest advocates for the environmentalist movement? Discuss.
What "green" initiatives do you personally take? How do you steward the environment, and encourage those around you to do so as well?
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