Living Gently


Today I'm very happy to have a fabulous guest post on a topic I'm hugely passionate about. Here's a little bit about why...

You know when you have those moments that unexpectedly change your life, that change the way you view an issue, that change the way you will forever think? I had one of those back during my freshman year of college. I had signed up for this Environmental Science and Geography class just to fill one of those silly requirements, and because I thought it would be easy. After all, geography was my thing. Well, very quickly, I realized that this class would become more than just a requirement filler. Pretty soon, I found myself looking forward to every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:30am. I remember sitting there in my university classroom watching An Inconvenient Truth, my jaw dropping and my heart sinking with each passing minute. With each day, I became more and more intrigued with the facts I learned about our planet and the way she was being treated. I became sad to know how much of her beautiful natural resources we take for granted, how inhumanely we treat the creatures who have called her home long before us and how little many people know about it all.

Ever since, I've made it a goal of mine to respect this planet we call home and to teach others to do the same. I remember coming home to my family, relaying all the facts I'd learned. These are facts that previous generations did not have access to. These are facts that are constantly kept hidden by the capitalist societies we are a part of. These are facts that are greeted with protest and labeled as lies. Well, my friends, these are not lies. They are the truth. I do not think all people are ignorant. I just think many people are too scared to face it all. Too frightened that changing our lifestyles to benefit the earth will be difficult and will result in a less than average life. That is okay. It is plenty alright to be scared of change. Most humans are. But a little knowledge is all it takes. A few videos like the one below are what we need now. In this technology-ridden society of today, our hands have the power to change the world.

I could write on about this for hours. I wrote my entire senior thesis on an environmental topic. It is very near and dear to my heart. But this post belongs to Donald Bernard, so I'll let him take it away.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

The order of these three words was not chosen based on mere coincidence or what sounds better. One precedes the other in importance. While recycling is very helpful, reducing waste should be our top priority.

There's a myriad of ways to help the environment but sometimes, the simplest and most practical of movements can be the most brilliant as well. This TED video is proof that we can change the world, one step at a time... or in this case, one paper towel at a time.

Easy? Yes. Feasible? Definitely. Proven? Yup. I've already tried out the shake - fold technique for several paper towel brands, and I haven't had to use more than one since.

Just imagine how much trash we can reduce if every single person in the world did this. Clearly, there is still hope for the future of our planet!

About the author: Donald Ray Bernard is an entrepreneur, author, and blogger. He is also an avid fisherman. Find out more about him at his account

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