This post is about me, Ginette…
More specifically–it’s about me celebrating ‘World Environment Day’.
This year’s theme “Seven Billion Dream. One Planet. Consume with Care.” resonates with me. I’m a late blooming nature-lover, born and raised in a big city, and it wasn’t until my Adirondack 46ers quest that I got closer to nature. On each outing in the mountains, I discover the beauty we call “Mother Earth.”
“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves…that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.” – Brooke Medicine Eagle
On this day of awareness when environmental issues are called to attention, and responsible management of our natural resources promoted, I reflect on my and my family’s contribution to preserve the environment.
I’m not an activist, I haven’t reached my full bloom yet!
Sure, we practice the 3R’s; reuse, reduce, recycle. Yet, the importance of preserving the ecological and environmental balance is sometimes lost on me. And now as Gord and I prepare for our round-the-world trip and eventual downsizing of our home, I’m reminded of how much stuff we’ve accumulated/consumed over the years. The concept of travelling with all our needs for one-year stuffed in our backpack makes me realise how much needless stuff we own–things to make our daily lives more enjoyable but rarely used.
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
With a daughter whose degree is in biodiversity and environmental science, I’ve had many discussions (lectures) on the fragile ecosystems, resources reaching the tipping points of depletion and the importance of preserving our planet’s biodiversity.
Changing my consumption patterns is not easy–I’m constantly chided for not using reusable bags at the grocery store. Each small steps, practices and decisions I make affects the natural environment I love to discover.
I pledge to keep our natural environment green and unpolluted by spending more time contributing, conserving and consuming less. And as I strive for a deeper understanding of the issues our planet faces, I’ll share my journey toward a sustainable way of life, showing this planet is worth conserving and protecting.
I encourage you, my friends, family and fellow bloggers to do the same.
What will you pledge today for mother nature?