(Love letter to my friends- Miami, March 1st 2010 )
It’s been a long time that I wanted to write something about my personal experience as a “green” spirit. And today is the day.
When I was 14 years old I read a book that changed my life forever ~ 50 things we can do to save the planet~. Since that moment, and with a profound intention of making of this a better world, I changed and added new habits into my day to day life. Little routines that a lot of times I had to hear “ that is worthless”, and I ‘ve always had the same answer: “ I believe in contributing your bit”. What do I mean by that? That I think it is ok to like and share green FB pages, donate money to WWF and or Greenpeace, etc, but there is something more effective than this. And that is to start changing your own world, your own environment, your home. The way you act in your house will affect the entire world. I think that if we all understand how precious and important is our contribution to make a change, this would be a wonderful planet. Every little thing counts. We don’t need to wait for the government to tell us what to do, where to recycle, and so on. We can just use our common sense and do things right. Paying attention will help us a lot to make good decisions, and live a “greener” life. For example, DO NOT WASTE WATER, ELECTRICITY, PAPER, or even FOOD. Reuse things as much as you can before you put them into recycling. Cook exactly what you are going to eat. Do not leave the water running when you are doing the dishes, or when you are brushing your teeth or shaving, or before getting into your shower. Save paper by reusing pages, only use as much paper towel as you really need (it is always less than the amount you grab) or even replace the paper towel for the biodegradable sponge cloths. Buy recycled paper when you can.
Energy is so important! Do not waste it. Do not leave lights on that are not being used. Try to unplug as many appliances as possible. For example, if you use the dishwasher, choose the eco cycles. The same for the laundry machines.
When you go shopping, bring your own bag. Wash and reuse the Ziploc plastic bags.
Care for the air that we breathe. It is very important to buy sprays free of CFCs.
Buy biodegradable detergents, soaps, shampoos etc. when possible.
I know “green” products are in general more expensive, but try to use them as often as you can. If you can do at least one small thing I promise you it will make a huge change.
This is just my humble and personal way of thinking, and these are examples of some of the habits that I’ve been proudly practicing in my daily life (besides being vegetarian, but I will tell you about that in another chapter). I am sharing with you the way I have lived my life the last 20 years, trying to do my best when possible and being true to my principles and values. We are lucky that now “green” is trendy (back then I was just foolish). It is good that we have evolved and we are more conscious now.
I can summarize all this into a quote that has been my favorite since forever… “Be the change you wish to see in the world” by Mahatma Gandhi, but really mean it.
There are infinite things that we can do to heal the Earth. Use your common sense, try to reuse, recycle, and don’t waste. Go green, be vegetarian, be happy, be you.
Thanks for reading my words. I hope you did not get bored. Maybe this letter was just my bit today.