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By April Renee

Tags: Conservation, Footprints, Ecology, Carbon Emissions, April Renee,

April ReneeIf everyone lived in harmony with nature, our footprints may not impact the planet the way they do within today’s global expansion. 

Our purpose is simple – live in peace. 

Harmony, love, goodwill toward men (and women) are what it's all about – but this is not a discussion about religion. Rather, this is a discussion about our own conservation efforts.  

While so many of us are concerned with the next politician’s righteousness or the neighbor’s shady side business, may we try examining ourselves. Individually. Each and every one of us. There is a whole collaboration of long lists of things that we can all do, every single day, in order to reduce our ecological footprint(s). 

footprints in the sand | Fotolia/Silroby

Photo: Fotolia/Silroby

This is a profound logic, really. One must gain an appreciation of the significance of their lifestyle even before engaging in a thought process that will manifest into something that allows for a reduction of impact upon the ecological systems.

Consider first, a seemingly simple, though complicated act in today’s society: our own food production/consumption practices. 

It is important to shop locally as often as possible. This is not only to benefit our surrounding communities, but also to drive down the impact of our (food) footprint throughout all the process and environmental factors that go into providing our foods. Local products travel a shorter distance to get to your plate, using less gas and limiting other monetary needs that go into distributing foods to consumers.

Compost already! If you’re not composting yet, what is holding you back? It’s really quite easy with many lasting benefits. Start with a large plastic bowl with a lid. Just about anything can be composted. Be creative with your mess. It’s only going to benefit your garden later down the line. Please keep in mind that just as it is best to avoid processed foods in your diet, such foods are best left out of the compost pile. 

compost | Fotolia/photka

Photo: Fotolia/photka

It's also documented that the vast majority of carbon emissions, typically around 80 percent, occur during food production. This means how your food is produced is the most important factor in your food footprint. 

Gardening is a great way to cut down on carbon emissions. Not to mention, in the long run, it will save you a bundle of cash.

vegetable gardening | Fotolia/hiphoto39

Photo: Fotolia/hiphoto39

These are just a few simple steps we can take as individuals and families. The complexity of this topic only permits a brief consideration of a few areas where we can reduce our own impact upon the whole of ecology. There are remedies that are apparent in today’s societal image, yet the ultimate comprehension is yet to be achieved.

Live in peace. We need to be paying closer attention to our own impressions in the sand, and the rest of the earth beneath the soles of our feet.

The concept of peace and harmony remains within our ability to comprehend. Every single step we take is another step in one direction (or the other).  

It is time for us to re-create the intimate nature of everything that peace entails. We need to abide by the harmony of compassion. Perhaps with a little dedication we can start walking alongside the path, cleaning it up as we go.   

Love the Earth and all the elements within everything that you choose. Walk steady in the sand. It is our own responsibility to ensure there is an earth for all to walk upon.


WikiHow: How to Have a Smaller Ecological Footprint

Shrink That Footprint: Shrink your food footprint