Elle has a favorite window in the new house where she would stand happily for hours. Luckily for her, it’s right at her level and she can easily prop herself up and watch the world. Not so lucky for us it’s a second story window… enough said. We’ve started calling her the neighborhood watch, and seeing her so excited and intrigued by what is happening on the other side of the glass is joyful, profound, emotional and sometimes terrifying. I’ve seen the caption to the picture above floating around frequently for Earth Day, but never has it rang so true. Elle will grow up on this same Earth that we all did, and if we continue to treat it the way we are, she and all our beautiful little babies and all the beautiful little babies after them will see less and less of it’s raw, natural beauty. God has given us the temporary gift of enjoying this Earth while we are here. It is not ours to keep, abuse and destroy. We have a responsibility to protect and cultivate it. We have a responsibility to live WITH it, not just ON it.
When I started this blog, I didn’t want it to be a debate blog, I didn’t want to thrive on controversial topics, or push political opinions on anyone. But this is so important to me, and to our future that I am going to stand strong on this one. I accidentally started a debate this week with a post that I never really thought to be a debatable topic. I quickly realized that others thought I was wrong. To sum it up, it was in regards to a warning label on the back of an item that was supposed to make your home safe for a child. The label cautioned that chemicals in the item could lead to a multitude of less than desirable health issues. And I’m certain the production of the item and the chemicals had less than desirable effects on our planet as well. I was advised by someone on the opposite side of the debate to essentially ignore the warning. I have been thinking about that debate since it happened. If I think about it too long, it makes me so sad. It makes me want to quit everything I am doing and put all my efforts into making a change in our society. How many warnings are we simply ignoring as a culture? Ignoring them because it’s more convenient, because it saves time, or saves money, or simply because we are afraid of change. And at what cost? The cost of our health? The health of the future generation that we are choosing to bring into the world? The health of our planet? And just because we see no immediate impact to ourselves?
We can all make simple and impactful changes, one day and one decision at a time. And they will be SO worth it and so rewarding. And we don’t have to quit our jobs, or raise our blood pressure, or become extreme picketing activists to do it. As I said earlier this week, just because we can’t fix EVERYTHING, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fix ANYTHING. It just doesn’t seem like we truly comprehend the ripple effect that our consumerism has on every thing and everyone, next door to us and around the globe. The decisions will be different for all of us. For our family it means buying locally, avoiding plastics and other harmful chemically laden substances, and eating organically among other things. And we will do these things when we can, which won’t be always, but it will be enough to make a difference.