Soaked in materialism

“Conservation is the application of common sense to the common problems for the common good.”

~Gifford Pinchot

“The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life”

~Theodore Roosevelt

To be soaked in materialism, to directly and indirectly champion it, I believe brings about guilt. I don’t know if I have a right to the vast quantities of materials and energy I consume in my daily life. Even if I thought I did, I know the planet cannot bear my lifestyle multiplied by 7 billion individuals. We squander millions of years’ worth of stored energy, stored life, from our planet to make not only things that are critical to our survival and comfort but also things that simply satisfy our innate primate desire to possess. This is not the path we should continue on. We need to change our way of life and how we consume.

The past five years, I have given up many things I used to have while living in the USA. For example, I don’t own a car anymore: I use public transportation and walk 100% more than I ever did while living in America. I recycle as much as possible and use very little electricity in my home – all in an effort to reduce my carbon footprint. The only way we can save our planet and ourselves from total ruin is to do with less and do more in preserving our natural habitat. You’d be surprised just how much you can actually do without if you just try. Do your part to save Mother Nature – give up something in your life that you don’t really need but only want.

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