Challenge Champions

Just slow down for a moment and you can you hear the collective groan and occasional sob from our ever expanding toxic environment. Just when the masses had finally begun to think twice about our dependence on oil and the real need to create alternate fuel efficient systems and just when composting was no longer a word that prompts us to use the dictionary to determine the definition, and just when individuals, schools, and businesses had begun to embrace a renew, reuse and recycle mantra, the bottom fell out of the financial markets. Man, just when we had admitted the need to get our compulsive over spending issues in check! The recent buckle down progress was a necessity for people struggling to put food on the table, but for others, the time could not be better to follow through on a renewed commitment to the conservation movement.

There is no way to hide the current state of affairs; it's time to get past the do nothing and worry stages. By tightening our financial corsets and following the “green” brick road, we can help stabilize our future. There could be no better time to shift the way we spend our money toward more self-sustainable industries that support the environment rather than tear it down and deplete it. There are well tested game plans available if you are open to changing your lifestyle. (See the websites below.) Can it be easy? Maybe, maybe not. How much you are willing to give up and how fast you are willing to change is really the determining factor, but it will definitely be far less painful than the repercussions of doing nothing. People will change when the pain of not changing is greater than the change itself. The time has come to fully embrace the concept of conservation in all areas of life. Conserving cash for basic living expenses and adopting a no frills existence for couple of years will certainly help ride the storm of this horrendous mess.

This is a hard blog to write, but one that was coming for a long time. Quick fixes are a thing of the past. We have outdone ourselves and are now paying the price for the song-and-a-prayer mentality that we all bought into. Let’s face it America, we're spoiled and it's not pretty.

Buy local, grow a garden, and support local businesses in any way you can. Shift your spending to help protect the planet. Knowing you are not alone in this may take the sting of "doing without" less of a harsh reality and more of a collective journey. Some level of healing may even be achieved by acquiring less and making more healthful choices. Let’s clothes swap, invest in a windmill, lower our thermostats and wear lots of layers for warmth this winter. Let’s skip the impulse to buy, buy, buy. Walk more, drive less, and smile as if you're enjoying it all. If we step outside of ourselves and accept responsibility for what we have gotten ourselves into here and create a conscious shift for change, there is nothing that can stop us. Good creates good. Green creates wealth of mind, body and spirit.

Today is a new day. It’s time to embrace a greater good, for ourselves, for our children and for their children to come. If we don't do it, who will?

Please take a few minutes to check out a few of the websites which have greatly helped me:

- www.biggreenpurse.com
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www.earth911.org
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www.greenerchoices.org

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