We are greatly concerned about the state of our beautiful Mother Earth. As part of our Earthtribe, we feel you must be as well.
This month, on 2nd August 2017, we reached Earth Overshoot Day (EOD). What does this mean? In the simplest of terms, we have reached the day that humanity’s resource consumption for 2017 has exceeded Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources for this year.
Perhaps many people still hold onto the hope that the earth has limitless resources for us to use, survive on, exploit and often – unfortunately – abuse but this is certainly not the case. For as long as She (mother earth) has existed, she has provided enough for humanity to subsist on and been able to replenish those resources for her next revolution around the sun, year in and year out. As the population of humanity has grown, and the demands of human beings along with it, we have begun to exhaust her resources past her capacity to replenish them fast enough.
In short, we are going into ecological debt.
“Why should this affect me?” you may ask. For many of us, this issue has not been truly felt (yet) because we are privileged and will be able to use that as a shield for a little while. For now, this will affect the poorest and most vulnerable on earth – members of our tribe, nonetheless! This extends to all beings, not only humans.
This beautiful quote from Thomas Moore is so apt:
“Earth is not a platform for human life, it’s a living being, we’re not on it but part of it. Its health is our health”.
Now we have given enough focus on the problem, what is the solution?
How do we go forward in the hope of beginning to neutralise and, ideally, reverse the negative impact humanity has already made? Now, we don’t want to make human beings out to be destructive and malicious at heart. We believe that people inherently want to do good, be better. It is often a question of ignorance to the issues, becoming disconnected from nature through the modern lifestyle, and people in power disseminating misinformation to keep themselves rich and us in the dark. But, as the light of consciousness shines into those shady corners and makes that which was invisible, visible, we can no longer turn a blind eye to what is really going on, nor keep doing things the way we have been. We need to start treading lightly upon this earth.
The question is, how?
When the problem seems so overwhelmingly large and advanced, you might wonder how your actions as just one person can have a positive impact. Well, they can! Not only can our actions have a positive impact on the earth, they can also impact and inspire others. Sometimes you are called to step up and do things differently – maybe you are the first one in your community but, often, it just takes one person to do what everyone knows deep down is the right thing and resonates, the first person follows, and then before you know it, it has spread to the whole tribe! We are also one, part of one organism, so thankfully what is right is also CONTAGIOUS!
There is so much more that can be said on the subject – we will be elaborating in our next blog post coming out this Thursday – but for now…
Here is a little shopping list we’ve put together, containing very simple, green, clean and easily obtainable items you can afford on a budget! Together, these eco-friendly products can go a long way in covering your basic cleaning and personal hygiene needs, with additional uses and benefits! Not only that, 90% are local (African) which means that they don’t have a large footprint. And they are versatile – most have many uses, last long and will help you in minimising your impact, treading lightly and being kind to our benevolent and incredible Mother Earth!
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