Welcome back for another edition of the 1000 Speak for Compassion movement. This month’s theme is nurturing. Since Earth Day is just a few days away, my topic is nurturing the Earth or nature. If you’d like to read posts by other bloggers, just go here.
Imagine living in a home that is no longer habitable. That is what we are doing to the Earth. It is becoming a place where fewer and fewer plants and animals can survive and thrive. Animals are going extinct. There are water shortages. Weather anomalies have become the norm. Soon, even humans will have a harder time surviving.
We can stop this. We have the power to save the Earth and all life on it.
We don’t even have to sacrifice much for all of life to thrive and for future generations to enjoy this planet just as we have done. I would like my grandchildren to see the beauty and wonder of the Earth. Wouldn’t you?
Here’s a few simple things we can all do.
Spend time in nature. Connecting to nature and appreciating her beauty will make all the other steps easier to do. If you know what you are saving, you’ll remember why you want to do it in the first place. Go for walks in the local park. Take trips to the local nature preserve. Do some bird watching. Go to the botanic gardens or arboretum, where you can marvel at the beauty and wonder that is nature. Go hiking, kayaking, or whatever forms of activities in nature you have available to you. Express deep gratitude for all that mother Earth has provided you.
Use less water. Take shorter showers. Turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth or washing dishes. Buy eco-friendly electronics, such as dishwasher and washing machine, that use less water. If you have a garden, water only in the mornings and evenings when it is cooler and less water will evaporate. If you can, install systems for saving and reusing water in your home. My favorite solution is the Earthship Home.
Use more environment-friendly modes of transport. Ditch that gas guzzler and ride a bike or hybrid bus. Riding a bike or walking are not only great for the planet, they’re also great for your body. It’s like a 2 for 1 sale.
Eat less meat or (better yet) stop eating meat altogether. If you do nothing else, this one will actually have the biggest impact. I don’t think I have to tell anyone that overall, western society consumes more meat per person than 50, 70, or 100 years ago. Decreased consumption of animal products leads to water conservation, soil preservation, less pollution, and saves trees and the rainforest.
In this day and age, we don’t need meat to survive. We have a bounty of plant products that are healthier for us AND the environment. It is easier than ever to ditch meat. You can start by participating in Meat-free Mondays. Then, you can not eat meat two or three days a week. Can’t imagine life without meat? At least ditch beef and dairy, as cattle has the biggest impact on the environment.
Want to join the movement? There’s still time to join this month’s linky. Here’s some prompts to get you started.
And this takes us to fiction. Two weeks ago, I responded to Charli Mills’ prompt about the Earth turning brown and wrote about a ravaged and drying Earth and a woman who could only think of her roses. You can read that story here. Last week, we saw that despite the conditions, human life continued. Click here to read. The story continues below.
I’d say the ceremony had begun as usual, but there was no usual anymore. We all met in the abandoned concert building we’d been working hard for several weeks to restore best we could. The heat was merciless to the wood, but the paint made it look almost new. When Daniel and the rest of our neighbors arrived, the ceremony began.
Alan, our next door neighbor, got up on stage and spoke. “Welcome to our new community center. This is where anyone can come for advice and support, where we will divvy rations, and we will meet every week.”
This flash fiction was written for the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge. This is a continuation of the story from earlier flashes, which started with The Rose Garden and then continued into Beginnings.
April 15, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about nurturing a neighborly relationship. It can be a next-door neighbor, a neighborhood critter or a neighborly place like a schoolhouse or community garden. Show what nurturing looks like for characters or places involved.
Respond by April 21, 2015 to be included in the weekly compilation. Rules are here. All writers are welcome!
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