Pagans and Environmental Issues: Can We Save the World?
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Author: Lady Abigail [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: January 20th. 2008
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Driving back for Orlando, my husband and I started talking about all the factories we noticed along the rivers we crossed on our drive. Smoke billowing from the smoke stacks, waist water gushing into the water from gigantic pipes. It was a little frightening. I have a granddaughter who I would like to think will enjoy her life in a clean world. I would like to know that she would be able to see trees, forest and streams. Experience wild life in the wild and what see nature truly brings to us all.
Soon we were deep into environmental issues. How many of us see the problems but truly feel helpless to effect the big problems. Is this a job too big for one person? “Yes, ” but if everyone does some little things, together we are not only one person; we are a force working for nature. Together, one at a time, we can help Mother Nature recover her beauty.
We, one person at a time, can help save the environment.
As a child, I was raised to believe the Earth was the heart of the Mother Goddess. That within Her was not only life, but also death and rebirth. The love and care we put forth toward the Goddess and Her heart would be reaped in the bounty we received back.
I didn’t understand that taking those cucumber peals and watermelon rinds out to that sticky pile of rubbish and leaves was, actually, what I would do as an adult in using my compost bin. That in the simple acts of reusing newspapers, or canning instead of buying tin cans were all environmental correct.
I listened as my Great Grandmother told me every tree we planted, and flower we grew and even every stock of corn, was a blessing unto the Goddess and a gift to the Earth. But understanding it was also a gift for the many generations to come, was not something I really got.
The first time I heard about global warming, I thought it was ridiculously silly.
The idea of the Earth’s climate changing to the point that the Earth would warm and even the polar ice caps would melt. Come on, that sound ridiculous. And even if it did happen it would be thousands of years and I would be long gone before that happened. Well, it is only the year 2008 and it is happening.
Now the projected date for the polar caps to be gone is in the year 2013, which is only five years away. I will still be here and my granddaughter will only be 8 years old.
Scientific experts agree that the Earth’s climate is changing more quickly than first believed since global warming is caused by the emission of heat trapping gases produced by vehicles, power plants, industrial processes and deforestation.
As a human society we are cutting away our forest, driving more cars (bigger cars), and generally trashing our Mother of Earth at a rate of 65% faster than first estimated. It is no longer a fairy tail, or scary story, it is a part of our life, a problem for not only each one of us, but for our children and grandchildren. Maybe it is because we don’t always see the danger that we don’t believe it is there. If global warming had the affect to cause people to age more quickly, perhaps that would take notice.
Wait, it does that.
Global warming is caused from the gases around the planet building up, they act like a big blanket, allowing the Earth to over heat and threaten our lives, our health, our environment and, the part that may get peoples attention when nothing else will, our economy
Research shows that the world has now become hotter than at any time during the past 1000 years. Climate models project future conditions of global warming will continue and increases with time. Each day we speed up the affects by everything we do. If emissions of heat-trapping gases continue to increase, the Earth, our Goddess Mother will die.
As a child, my Great Grandmother explained that the waters on the Earth were the tears of the Goddess. Sometimes in when She became sad, She would cry and in Her sorrow, tears would flood over the land. This was also good because it was a way to clean her spirit. Because when the pain is too great, we must all cleanse our spirits and what remains is better, like the sediment left behind from the floods would make the lands rich.
But, I fear the Mother Goddess cries and weeps for all life on the planet. Her heart is broken from our lack of care. She wails in pain as Her heart is distorted and the seas swell. Her once mighty glaciers of ice melt and shatter into the oceans and life, as we know it, is changed forever. We don’t even respect Her enough to see Her cry.
If we, each one of us -- one at a time -- stand together, we are a force for nature. Alone but a part of the masses; possibly we can show how much we truly honor the Goddess of Earth. Perhaps it is time we step up and take care of Her.
We can do many simple things in our daily lives. From the food we buy and what we eat, to what you drive. I agree the idea everyone going out and buying a new car sounds great. But then, what to do with the old ones and the cost of a new energy efficient or electric car is a little pricey for most of us. But, we can take care of what we have, if our car is running right, not spewing smoke for the exhaust; that is a start.
But for the greater part, it is the little things we can do to affect our immediate surroundings that will also help places as far away as Antarctica.
Here is a list of few things that each of us can do to make a difference. It is time we take action, in more than what we say.
WALK: When possible, walk - I understand that many people live to far from places to walk. But if you have the time can walk a few blocks or a mile to the grocery store, give it a try. Plus not only is it good for the environment, it’s a great way to improve personal health.
RECYCLE: I know you here this one all the time. But do you do it as much as you can. There are many things you can recycle... paper, cans, glass bottles, newspaper, plastic, plastic bags, etc. The more we recycle the better it is for the environment. If you are walking along in a park, down a road, on the beach or in a parking lot and see trash… pick it up and recycle it if possible. Be that person, you know we have all seen them, that person who picks something up just because they see it. Then we feel a bit embarrassed that we didn’t do it. So do it.
TURN IT DOWN: I know this one is hard because we all flick a switch without thinking. But try not to use so much electricity. In cold weather, pull out an extra sweater instead of turning the heat up a few more degrees. Turn off lights when you leave a room or when you walk past a room that no one is in. If you’re not home, or not in the room, turn off the TV. We waste lots of power just letting the TV go nonstop. Not only will these things help save the environment, they will save on your electric bill!
USE RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES: Thousands of household batteries are thrown away each year. A very small percentage of these are recycled. When disposed of incorrectly, chemicals from them can leak into the ground and this can affect wildlife and ecosystems.
Rechargeable batteries can be recharged up to 500 times! This results in far greater cost and power efficiency per battery compared to alkaline batteries. Using rechargeable batteries means you create less waste and you can also recycle rechargeable batteries at the end of their life.
CARPOOL: We all know this is a great help to the environment. One car with four or five people instead of four or five cars with one person. Carpooling simply means fewer cars on the road, less gas exhaust, and less harm for the environment. So when possible, share the ride.
STRIKE A MATCH: I have to say Pagans, Witches, Wiccans and yes even other religions need to reconsider lighting up those easy to use and handy dandy disposable lighters… something I am also very guilty of. A typical lighter releases about 237 milligrams of carbon dioxide per minute, which may not sound like a lot, but now increase that by billions. I have heard it said that butane lighters are not all that bad for the environment and it would take thousands to affect anything. Okay, statistics show that ‘Billions’ not thousands of people use butane lighters every single day. BILLIONS!
According to Greenpeace, roughly 10 million tons of plastic finds its way into the sea each year. (Not counting land fills) This includes; bags, bottles, polystyrene packing, foam pieces, pieces of fishing net, lengths of rope, tires, toothbrushes, straws, condoms, and disposable lighters. I am not saying trash the disposable lighters you have, just put them away for emergencies only. Use a match.
These are just a few things that we can all do to help save our environment. Let each and everyone one of us as individuals do all that we can. As one, we may not feel there is much we can do, but knowing we are working as a group we can change the world.
If everyone does what he or she can, we can heal the Earth and give honor to our Earth Goddess.
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