Moving to Mars

 

They say love is entirely a matter of chemistry.

This explains why

my wife treats me like toxic waste.

David Bisonette

 

 

 

My teen has determined that between a government that doesn’t care and irresponsible commerce and consumption, we simply must move to Mars.  Why such a  complicated solution and, more importantly, why give up on this planet? How can we use our circle of influence, however small, to make a difference?

Ride the bike or walk.  Get your workout (and make memories if you do this together) along the way to school, lunch and running errands in town.

Donate used clothes and books. Look for local Thrift Shops and the nearby bins for donations.

Leave re-usable bags in the trunk of your car so they’re handy for grocery and shopping trips.

Use washable plates and cutlery.  Ok–I hear the groan especially for parties! Make clean up a snap by soaking used ones until you’re ready to tackle them. Learn to use bamboo chopsticks!

Grow a garden. Getting fingers dirty and familiar with the source of all life is necessary for us to remember that we are not superior but interdependent with all creatures, including the humble earthworm and even germs. Start with a pot of herbs by a sunny window if going outdoors sounds too daunting.

Unplug and opt to be outside.  Good luck convincing teens but if they must know, fresh air and movement are the best antidotes to depression. Assign each member of the family to think of a fun activity outdoors that everyone can do together at least once a week.

Click on “Leave a Comment” (top left) to share on Earth Day and everyday, how we can give our young a deeper awareness of their role in protecting the oceans, the land, the creatures of our one and only planet.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Apr 25, 2018 @ 22:03:31

    I bought a new truck that gets much better fuel economy and gave up nothing in the transition, riding a bicycle is not usually an option . I “sometimes” park further away from my destination so I at least get a little more exercise on some of my errands. I often make donations of good used items. I carry reusable bags with me and if I forget them in my truck, I make myself suffer by carrying my purchases in my arms. I laughed when I read about the chop sticks. I was in a favorite Asian fast food restaurant the other day and I always use them rather than the plastic utensils. I consciously looked around to see how many others were doing the same, before I read it here. I love the outdoors, a camping trip as often as I can and walks with my dog and camera–of course! So what is your favorite outdoor activity, Sharky?!

    Mountain

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