Welcome to the Earth Day Blog Carnival
This post is part of the 2012 Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction. Each participant has shared their practices and insights of earth friendly, environmentally conscious, eco-living. This carnival is our way to share positive information and inspiration that can create healing for our planet. Please read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Happy Earth Day!
I’m a declutterer. I can’t stand clutter and continually attempt to eradicate it from my home. Most people know this about me and the term declutter diva may have popped up from time to time. I’m okay with that. I can’t deny it and have no reason to do so.
There are many reasons why I feel this compulsion to declutter. My perfectionist tendencies drive me to simplify my life in some ways just as I look for challenges in others. With a family of six, I spend enough time cleaning. The more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to clean. Fewer belongings help my frugal budgeting (sometimes referred to my husband as my tendency to be a tight a…yeah). My list could go on. I’m rather passionate about decluttering and simple living, and I have offered my services to many a friend who has asked (I won’t offer unsolicited comments about clutter, and I’m not judging anyone else based on their clutter. I have enough to worry about my own life).
One might think that a concept such as simple living and decluttering, being personal with regards to lifestyle, might be solely about the person. However, the ramifications of simple living affect more than just the person.
- Our family doesn’t buy a lot of stuff. We don’t need it, and for the most part, we don’t want it. This alone lessens the amount of resources that we use, from manufacturing, to packaging, to transportation of the said items.
- When we do buy something, we tend to save up and buy something that will last longterm so that we don’t find ourselves throwing an item into the trash, only to have to replace it with a new one.
- Rare is the item that comes into our home which does not serve multiple purposes, limiting the number of things we need/want.
- We give stuff away. That’s right. My decluttering addiction helps other people by getting rid of items we aren’t using and giving them to people who can use them. It’s a win-win siuation for everyone involved.
There are many aspects of our simple living lifestyle which help the Earth – from buying food locally to our desire to build an ever more sustainable life. However, the decluttering is always present as we make decisions – whether we are avoiding bringing more items into our home or avoiding unwanted ingredients in our food. Consumerism, or in some cases the lack thereof, plays a vital part in how we treat the Earth.
REDUCE! REUSE! RECYCLE!
- You are a Child of the Earth – Using the Earth as their classroom, Patti from Canadian Unschool teaches her 4 children their spiritual connection to the Earth and she accepts that loving the Earth can get really, really messy.
- Cutting Out Paper – Jorje of Momma Jorje shares how she went from curiosity and concern to actually cutting out the use of paper towels in her household. She is proud to be “greener” as each Earth Day passes.
- The World is Brown – Debra Ann Elliot of Words are Timeless believes in keeping the Earth green, but because so many people inhabit the Earth it is turning brown because people aren’t doing their part by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
- 7 Child And Eco Friendly Activities To Honor The Earth (Plus Some Environmental Books For Kids) – Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares her favorite books that help children become more aware of the importance of respecting and caring for Mother Earth. In addition, she hosts a guest post outlining seven child and eco friendly activities to honor the earth.
- 5 Ways We Teach Our Children To Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – Valarie at Momma In Progress shares a few tips for encouraging young children to care for the earth.
- Little Changes – Big Results – Meegs at A New Day talks about how sometimes it’s the little decisions and changes that can lead us to find big results, and how she’s baby-stepping her way to a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.
- Inspiring the Next Generation – aNonyMous at at Radical Ramblings hopes to inspire her daughter to live a green and sustainable lifestyle, in the same way she was inspired by her high-school science teacher, and talks about the changes her family are making towards this vision.
- Eco-Friendly Cleansers: Safe For the Environment, Healthy For Every Body – Rebekah at Liberated Family writes about safe and natural alternatives to toxic, household cleaning products..
- Lightening My Footprint with Cloth Nappies (Diapers) – Christine at African Babies Don’t Cry shares the biggest eco-choice she has made so far, and why she is so passionate about it.
- Clutter Free for a Cause – At Living Peacefully with Children Mandy’s penchant for decluttering and simple living cuts down on consumerism, taking less of a tole on the Earth.
- Eco-Parenting: Homemade Bug Spray – Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling shares a homemade bug spray recipe that helps her family to enjoy the natural world while taking precautions against bug bites.
- Let the Scales Fall From My Eyes…Just Not Too Quickly – Kelly at Becoming Crunchy talks about the discomfort of no longer being able to live in denial over how her choices affect the world around her.
- Post Title – Justine at The Lone Home Ranger instills a love of nature in her daughters by embarking on their first backyard vegetable garden together.
- Being in Nature – Carrie at Love Notes Mama knows that just being in nature is more than enough.
- 5 Ways to Pass Down Environmental Values to Your Children – Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares how easy it can be to instill environmental values in your children.
- Viva Portlandia – Amy at Anktangle writes about the place she lives and loves in: Portland. She describes the ways this green city makes it easy for her family to take care of our earth, and also the steps she’s taking to further lessen her family’s environmental impact.
- Conspicuous Conservationism – Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction examines the phenomenon of eco-conscious behavior as a status symbol.
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A big thank you to all of the 2012 Earth Day Blog Carnival participants!