Happy Earth Day!
This is a great day to complete the April – Earth Day Challenge. Go to the top of this page and click on Current Challenges to learn more about this challenge.
Buddha’s teachings explain the need for us to live in balance with the environment and that we are all connected. The trees, the animals, all living things are connected. Therefore, as we destroy the environment, in a way, we are kill part of ourselves in the process. Buddhism speaks of balancing between over-consumption and self-discipline. In society today, we would refer to this concept as sustainability or using only what we need and avoiding depletion of natural resources.
The difficult part of sustainability and cleaning the environment is that it takes more than just one person. It takes all of us doing our part to help. We need to work together as a team to hold our world up. We all need to eat sustainable foods. We all need to clean our neighborhoods. We all need to be responsible.
So, here is the challenge again… Get out there and do your part:
I challenge everyone to leave for work a little early at least one day this month and pick up the trash from home to work or vise versa. For example: I walk 0.5 miles one way to work. I am going to take a glove and a grocery bag (reusing) and pick up all the trash one my side of the street instead of doing my usual which is looking at it and saying to myself that I should pick it up. Another example: One may take the train or their car to work/school. One could take a glove and grocery bag and pick up the trash from work to the train/car and then from the train/car to home. I would love to hear some comments on how it felt to do something good for the world and others. Leave your comment here or you can message me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Earth Day!