Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sustainability at its finest

Spending time at Genesis farms was a very eye opening experience for me personally. I found it inspiring and hopeful about all of the possibilities for the future. I think that a lot of times people do not invest in environmentally friendly ways because they do not think that they could possibly make a difference in the world. However, going to a community, like Genesis farms, and being around people that really do want change to protect our Earth is quite promising. People do not act on environmentally friendly initiatives because they figure, what's the point, however we need to start acting these changes to show that it is a growing movement. Once we start making differences in our lives and we start promoting change then others around us will latch on to the movement. When someone is investing in an environmentally friendly initiative it may just be them in the beginning, but what people need to realize is you never know who you can have a major impact on.

There are many ways to individually become more environmentally friendly. Someone does not have to change there life all at once, rather it is starting with the little changes. There are many ways to make changes in your house, your eating habits, and your general daily life that can make a difference. Below I wrote a list that includes just a few of the possibilities to start your greener life today!

Home: grey water tank, straw house, non-flush toilet, environmentaly friendly cleaning products.

Eating: fresh produce, veganism, vegetarianism, knowing where your food comes from, CSAs

Other: reusable bags, educating others.

There are many more examples than just these! So pick one of these or research on your own and GO FOR IT!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

No Beaten Path Introduction

When a problem arises, there is a solution. However, when the issue is environmental, a perfect resolution does not appear to be achievable. When handling the conflict and striving for an endpoint around an environmental issue, one must always take into considerations the cultural, economical, and political impacts associated. Although we believe the environment takes precedent over all of these (as without nature, none of them would be in existence), our world today is too intertwined to ignore them. In handling environmental unrest, there is never a clear set of instructions to resolve it. No beaten path has been laid out by our predecessors that can guide us to the perfect end. As leaders, we must take up the responsibility to forge our own path and assist others in attempting to find the one that will produce a solution for our environmental turmoil.

As a group, we believe that the current most effective course of action is to have individuals enact changes in seemingly small ways. With people putting forth an effort to alter their choices in an environmentally conscience manner on a wide scale, these seemingly small changes compile into a massive improvement in the quality of our environment. Each week we plan to blog through various mediums (personal opinion combined with outside sources) little changes that individuals can make in order to heal the environment and allow it to prosper. Bellow is an outline of who is planning on posting for the blog over the next several weeks:

Oct 23 - Kyle
Oct 30 - Alissa
Nov 6 - Edward
Nov 13 - Stouffer
Nov 20 -  Danielle