When you hear the phrase “green living” love might not be the first thing that pops to mind. Hippies, co-ops, bohemian decor, herbs, gardens, essential oils, and patchouli, sure that’s green living! But love? What does that have to do with green loving? Everything. Simply everything.
Love for the Earth
I love the Earth. It’s not only my home, it’s the thing that gives me every single thing I have from the clothes on my back to the things cluttering my desk, to the food I eat and air I breathe. It’s everything I’ve ever known and the creator of everyone I’ve ever known. It sustains us and nourishes us and provides some amazing sights, sounds and experiences. Why would I trash my own house? So why would I trash the Earth? It doesn’t make sense to me. The least I can do is give back so that it can continue supporting me and every other being on this world.
Love for my Family
I want my family to be happy and healthy. That’s why I try to avoid things that could hurt them. Do I really want my cats walking on floors cleaned with a cleaner that says to call the poison control center if ingested? I mean, they lick their paws, so they’ll ingest a big of it right? Sure it’s a small amount, but they are only small animals. I don’t want to take that risk. I’d never forgive myself if I knew there was something I could have done to keep them safe. I’d do anything for them, just like any other member of my family. So I try to do the best I can to ensure that my family is healthy and happy.
Love for Others
How does my green living help others? “Live simply so that others may simply live,” it’s a quote I’ve carried with me since I first heard it. Fact of the matter is we only have a finite amount of resources on this swirling blue and green orb. Populations can only grow so large as the resources around them can support them. Once those resources are gone, then mass starvation and population decreases follow, until the population once again reaches equilibrium with it’s environment. That’s how populations within ecosystems work, human populations are not immune to that. By living more sustainable, by living more greenly, I can contribute “make room” for others. I don’t want a world of haves and have-nots. I want a world where everyone has enough to survive and live comfortably. Green living, helps contribute to the world I seek.
Love for Learning
One of the things I love about a green lifestyle is how I can always learn something new. From the latest advances in eco-friendly technology to older traditions such as herbalism, and fiber arts. I can incorporate all of these things from the most high tech gadgets to the traditions of generations past into one lifestyle with the singular goal of living well with less negative impact on the world around me.
Love for Nature
Not just the Earth and her creatures, but every aspect of nature. Biology, in particular ecology was always my favorite subject in schools. Learning about the creatures and plants of the earth, the ecosystems that we live in and how our world was formed have always intrigued me. There was also something else, something more than the desire for knowledge of facts but to feel a true connection to nature as a whole. The writings of transcendental writers capture so perfectly the beauty of nature around us, and those writings also touched my soul. For I see in nature something more, something divine, something magical, something spiritual, and I love it all the more for that.
A green lifestyle is incomplete without love as a driving force within it. It becomes a series of tasks that you must do, instead of a framework from which to build the life that you want most. You may find challenges as you live your green life, but those challenges pale in comparison to the strength you find when you stick to your true path and follow you heart.