My dear Halee from 2BLUEEYES nominated me, some time ago I have to admit, for a 3 day quoting challange. It was a good experience to go though all the proverbs from vocally educated wise people. I actually love reading quotes. So thanks to Halee for challenging me. By the way Mark Twain is one of my favorites to quote, especially his bon mots about Germany and the German language make me always laugh as they are all true!
And here we go.
Rules for the Quote Challenge
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog post
- Post 1-3 quotes a day for 3 consecutive days
- Nominate 3 blogger each day
Today’s nominees are:
Brianna Sommer – For You
That was administrative preamble.
The quote that came to my mind immediately is the one I am starting with today.
When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.
According to Quote Investigator: The earliest instance located by QI was in a collection of essays published in 1972 titled “Who is the Chairman of This Meeting?” A chapter called “Conversations with North American Indians” contained comments made by Alanis Obomsawin who was described as “an Abenaki from the Odanak reserve, seventy odd miles northeast of Montreal.” (The book uses the spelling Obomosawin.) Obomsawin employed a version of the saying while speaking with the chapter author Ted Poole.
When I grew up this very quote was a sticker from Greenpreaceand almost everywhere stuck on. I am a bit sad that this true proverb seems to be out of fashion these days. Probably we should revive this fashion again as it is more true today.
The first gardening year is almost at its end. Let’s celebrate a virtual thanksgiving!
This year encouraged me to convert more of the grassland into a vegetable garden. Just going outside to pick something for dinner is a great satisfying feeling. And I get spoiled, by the taste of it.
I had a gorgeous harvest on potatoes Potatoes, your friendly soil support
Sweet corn, beans and peas.
Those I tried out for the first time. The seeds grow well with a decent harvest. Those sorts seemed to match the soil. Still I have supply from kale, pastinak and a delicious Asia salat, called Red Giant.
The salat can be used row – salat, or steamed like a spinach sort of vegetable dish.
It contains mustard oils and thats how it taste, like mustard. I am very pleased, I love mustard and the snails don’t like it. Yep! Got ya
On the down side, here is the dining menu of my snails.
Carrots, broccoli, zucchini, pumpkin. They had all and I had nothing.
With pots on the terrace I could save beans, kale and sunflowers.
This year the tomatoes didn’t like the wet June and July. They where very shy this year, but last was fantastic. Last year the tomato sort ox heard grow enormously.
The fruits did well, I had tons of plums Caning plumes and the sugar dilemma and berries Summer Berries
The outside storage is full of apples and kiwis.
What does it need to be environmental cautious?
Do we need to engage in challenges and post it in social networks?
I am reading a lot about zero waste challenge, buy less and minimalists challenge not to forget all the hype about vegan diet.
Don’t get me wrong I think all trends are great, necessary and truly the right move forward.
Our earth is suffering and men did their fair share to treat Mother Earth purely over the last decades.
For me the disturbing factor is that I miss the final outcome after those challenges. What’s happening after the 30 or 100 day challenge? In my mind it should result in a thoroughly rethinking of the behavior. Don’t you agree?
If the social networks promote a change in behavior and foster that people think about the consequences of their behavior, I’ll be more than happy.
But back to the opening question. What does it need to be environmentally cautious?
Actually the question includes the answer!
To be cautious
We need to think about that our behavior has consequences for the environment. That’s the key. Be aware of what we are doing.
For me the turning point was a special edition from Le Monde Diplomatique. In cooperation with the German Heinrich Boell Foundation they published a meat atlas.Meta Atlas 2014
The consequences about our meat factories became very clear to me. The mass production of meat does not only harm the animals but also impact the humans, the environment, the atmosphere and supports famine and diseases.
I made the decision to stop eating any food sourced from animals at least in industrial countries.
After I realized that me as an individual can have influence on the market with my buying power I started to rethink all my habits of consuming goods.Coffee cups and waste
Avoiding waste is a task and a challenge. For me a sustainable approach is to think each time ahead if there is a better way that reduces the output of waste. So the little things counts and add up to a remarkable result in the long run.
Those little gestures start with drinking coffee to stay or to use again.
Me and my barista are of the opinion that a good coffee taste better in a cup and it is worthwhile to spend the extra 15 min. Here is my previous post.Coffee cups and waste
Some shops offer reusable mugs or accept the clients own coffee mugs.
The City of San Fransisco does not allow to go cups or take away boxes! Congrats!!!
Similar little gesture is with with ice cream. I admit I am not very fond of ice cream and in cornets in particular. But when I feel like having an ice cream I avoid the plastic or paper cups. I would feeling bad by wasting a paper cup.
That’s the thing with sustainability, not doing something because it is fashionable. But to engage in behaviors that is becoming fashionable because it feels good and is a right thing for oneself and it supports the environment.
The list can be endless and once you start thinking over the habits you will discover enormous potential to avoid waste.
More and more package free supermarkets are opened. Again it is a vintage trend. None of our grand or grand grandparents had plastic bags or could buy a tomato in winter in a plastic tray. And why do I need a tomato in winter in a plastic tray? A homemade tomato sauce in a jar would serve the same purpose.Easy made tomato sauce
I love coffee. Drinking a tasty cup of cappuccino with vegan milk is relaxing routine I do not want to miss. Specially after my daily 1 hour train ride to work I enjoy a stop over in a trendy coffee shop.But what is about the wast?
If I drink a cup a day that’s 365 cups for the bin. I also drink coffee over the weekends.
Multiplied with the years, let’s say 5 years – that’s make already 1.825.
That would be enough for a container, just from my trash.
But I do a trick and don’t use paper cups.
In the morning after the commute I take my 15 min to sit down in the coffee shop. I order the coffee not to go and get it in a regular porcelain cup.
In the office I have my own cup as well.
By sitting down and having a relaxing cup of coffee it supports the environment and is a great break in the daily work routine.
With being cautioned about our behavior in the environmental context we can all contribute to the better.
Have you thought of your environmental footprint recently? Here also size matters but in an reverse direction. Small is beautiful!
I can not help, but I feel that our ancestors did it right. Well the old ones did not had much choice. They had no machinery, shopping malls and planes available to them.
But how convenient are the convenient products really. I feel more satisfied by grabbing some salat or berries from the garden them shopping in a grocery. With growing my own food I can decide and control how much I need to pollute the environment. At a grocery I have to ask questions about the origin of the food and most likely have not much choice other than to accept and buy the products available. Once the product is shipped to the local store their CO2 footprint is sunk costs.
Engaged in gardening we can influence positively the environment with organic fertilizer, compost and at the end with our the plants. Then by growing vegetables in the garden is a closed loop. We eat the vegetables the garden supplies and the leftovers provide the compost with nutrition and carbon as an organic fertilizer.
And it is pretty cool to just go in the garden and pick some veggies for dinner.