In our world today, we have come to a crossroads where decisions have to be made. No longer can we afford to sit back and hope the government will fix everything. Even if they could, the political machinery moves too slowly and the damage would be too great by the time they took action.
We, the people, are the answer to this question and the solution to the problem. For years we have been sitting idly by allowing the population to trash our planet, our environment, and our way of life. Many have decided to go back to basics and return to a simpler way of life or a more natural way of life.
Don’t think because you live in a city that only ‘country’ people can live more naturally. There are many ways in a city dweller can live a more natural healthy lifestyle without moving to the country. The possibility does exist though that once you start to research the homestead way of life that you might find yourself looking into a more suburban location so that you can expand on what you started at your current location.
In each section of this book, I shall try to give various perspectives so that anyone will be able to use this as a guide to a better way of life. Everyone can help in many ways to conserve energy, water, and clean air… essentials for life. So many times you hear to change your light bulbs to save energy and cut your bills. Even this small act does save energy. The less energy you use and the less of our resources are used to make the energy, the longer our resources will last. Thus, you have participated in conservation. You have reduced your energy bill, conserved energy, and resources, and promoted cleaner air all by the act of changing a light bulb.
Do you recycle? How big is your carbon footprint? Have you ever thought about your trash? That may seem like a silly question but let’s break it down a little bit more. I’ll go into more detail later but I want you to think about your trash for a moment and what makes up your trash. Did you throw the steel cans in the trash last night when you opened the canned vegetables you fixed for supper? Fresh vegetables would have been better for you (but I’ll get into that later) and would not have left you with cans to put in the trash.
Instead of putting them in the trash, why not set up a couple of plastic bins for recycling. Even the areas not big on recycling have somewhere you can recycle steel and aluminum cans and basic (#1 or #2) plastic. Think about how much extra room there would be in the trash can without just those items. The less that goes into the trash bag means the longer it takes to fill it up and the fewer trash bags you use (another savings) and the less trash that goes to the landfill.
At breakfast, the kids emptied the cold cereal box and it went in the trash. If there is no place to recycle paper or cardboard in your area or if you don’t wish to get that far into recycling, tear the box into small pieces. Sounds strange to think of it I imagine but do think about it. A cereal box or any box for that matter is empty but the shell of it takes up a lot of space in the trash can. The less that goes into the trash bag means the longer it takes to fill it up and the fewer trash bags you use (another savings) and the less trash that goes to the landfill. Hmmm… didn’t I just say that? Starting to get the picture yet?
Everyone can make a difference if they just take a step forward. If you have an empty bucket it will remain empty until you start to fill it. Maybe you can only put in a drop at a time. That’s okay because one drop at a time the bucket will be filled eventually. If you never start it will remain an empty bucket. No step is too small as long as it is moving you forward towards a goal.