If 2019 was the year of living in the moment, perhaps 2020 can begin the decade where we do continue to do just that, but also act like we are going to be here awhile. The earth has taken a back seat to humans and it’s time we all agree to stop ignoring the fact that our planet is in danger.
A new decade seems like a good opportunity to make some big life changes, but I propose small ones, baby steps in fact, that collectively will begin to restore our home. If we can combine mindful living that we have been so focused on for ourselves and apply that thinking to the world, we can truly make a difference.
Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there. ― Gary Snyder
Conscious living is not easy and each generation is going to approach it differently. My four kids, all in their 20’s, are most willing to dig in, do the research, test out new things and are my greatest source of inspiration. My parents, in their 80s, are not going to embrace veganism but perhaps they could get comfortable with paperless billing with the right coaching. My husband can be ‘encouraged’ to turn off lights, music and appliances when he leaves a room. I can remember to actually put the shopping bags back in my car after unloading the groceries so they are there for the next time! It is just a matter of digging in, and taking responsibility every day, not just some days.
Home is the nicest word there is. ― Laura Ingalls Wilder
Baby Steps for Earth is about making small changes each day. It is about options and personal choice. It is about living in a way that meets your needs for water, food and shelter without hurting the environment or eradicating our essential resources. It is about unity and pride in our planet, hope for the future and better living. It is about living in the moment, but acting like you’ll be here awhile.