Go Green – Episode #039

“But now, says the Once-ler, Now that you´re here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”   -Dr Seuss

Suggested Reading:  The Lorax, written by Dr. Seuss.  Published in 1971 and is still more relevant than ever.

You get a call from the doctor’s office that says, “You need to come in immediately!”  You make the trip only to find your health is steadily declining!  You’re not as young as you once were (we can all relate).  You don’t get enough water, everything you’ve been eating is fried, and your daily exercise consists of curling beer bottles to your lips.  The doc says, “I don’t know how much more of this you can take.”  Your response is something to the effect of, “What on earth do I do?”  The doc gives you some basic guidelines to follow.  You can easily fill in the blank with advice that the doc would give.  As much as you don’t want to believe it, your body needs a little TLC.

In the past, when I’ve heard the word “green” I would think immature, inexperienced, naïve, or wet behind the ears.  Today, upon hearing the popular word I think about the words recycling and healing the planet.  Times have changed and our planet has changed.  As the Earth grows older we must become more precautious when caring for her.  Care giving is a form of appreciation and respect.  We must respect the beautiful world we inhabit.  It’s been here ages before us and if God is willing, it will be here for many ages to come.  Through research and technology, we are becoming more and more aware of what we are doing to the earth.  Learning about our planet is equivalent to learning about our body’s health.  If your health is poor, the doctor will strongly suggest a healthier lifestyle.  Ultimately, you are in control of the implementation.  We cannot depend on everyone else to take care of Mother Earth, nor can we depend on an engineer (or scientist) to create a quick fix for the problems.

Here are some suggestions:

1.       Use rechargeable batteries or recycle them.  Find a local recycling center athttp://earth911.com.

2.     Return your plastic bags to the grocery store or buy a reusable tote bag.

3.       Strike a match to your local BP gas station (just playing).  Let’s just thank God that the oil is no longer spilling.

4.       “Light turn off the lights.  Light a candle.”  Thanks, Teddy P.  You know how the rest of the song goes…

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