For many weeks I have been struggling with what to write. That dry streak is over. Needless to say that if it were up to me, I’d be publishing column after column every hour of the day. I will not impose that on you. I will, however, post the second column today because there are a few things I’d like to share with you regarding the coming holiday season.
I haven’t blogged a lot about my tiny house living conversion experiment. That is because right now, there isn’t much to write about. The closing of the screened-in room into a large eat-in kitchen has been taking more time than anticipated. The selling of the “extra” stuff I do not need is also taking longer than I thought …. The fact that we are trying to go to an eco-friendly lifestyle takes a bit of planning and organizing, but we’ll get there. Just stick with us. In any case, after pretty much gutting the main trailer, rooms are slowly starting to take shape.
But this column isn’t so much for the remodeling of Le Shack as it is about what we all can (and should) do for the environment and for all the displaced and lonely and needy people around us.
Let it be clear, Climate Change is Real. It will force massive migration of people who choose life over death. There is no food where nothing grows, there is no life where drought reigns.
In other words, during this holiday season, look deep inside yourselves and think about what you really need versus what you really want. And if you can, open your heart (and wallet) and put on your list an organization or a charity close to your heart. Just one present less may mean life for someone else.
Only one less present could mean that the children in Akosua village/Ghana would get a Washroom for the School.
Or that some homeless person gets an extra meal. It’s a choice. It’s important. Because in the end, it is our humanity that makes us humans.
Environmentally, please make the pledge to stop using needless plastics. $.99 gets you a reusable bag. Pledge to stop plastic straws. They end up killing ocean life. Buy a reusable straw instead. Try not to waste food nor power. Advocate for clean power use. For the planet to survive, for us to survive on this planet a bit longer, something must be done. There are alternatives for coal, for oil; we need not fracking.
We already have massive storms and massive fires (and no, raking the forests’ floor will not impede fires) It really is not that hard, and a little goes a long way. Just start one step at a time.
I’m over the limit – again – but humor me on this one. Let’s work at it together.
Merry Christmas! Happy holidays!! Namaste.
Ghana Washroom Fundraiser : https://www.betterplace.org/en/projects/66178?fbclid=IwAR1cMQE4SKQBiqIcGAx7KiddFiphIc0esS2OzZmSGznB-GJHay0lk6MP814&utm_campaign=email-notifications&utm_medium=betterplace-org--p66178&utm_source=project_manager_notifier-project_activated_message
Photo credit: Bright Hedo Boglo
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1,000 Pieces of Plastic Found Inside Dead Whale in Indonesia : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/21/world/asia/whale-plastics-indonesia.html
A very cool Ted Talk: