Growing Your Own Leafy Vegetables
We just got back from a trip to the desert and during our trip one topic continually came up, water conservation. Almost every guide we had, talked about how little water the area receives each year, how it affects them and other states. In Wisconsin everything is plentiful and I rarely hear worry regarding the environment. I do not do much to reduce the harm I do when it comes to the environment. I try not to use plastic, I buy as locally as I can but it’s not much. The post below is from a group I am working with and it’s all about creating some sustainability in your life. I don’t have the ability to do everything mentioned in this post, however I think it’s an important conversation.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic of sustainability, please share below and let me know what you think.
Growing Your Own Leafy Vegetables (Plus Other Sustainability Tactics To Make The World A Better Place)
What if one of these days we use up all the resources that Mother Earth has to offer? What if we drain her dry, pollute the oceans, and have only meager sources of food and energy? What if we are causing our own destruction or the destruction of the generations that come after us? Sadly, it's no longer a what-if situation anymore. In fact, is a we-are one instead. This means we need to act now, and that is where living a more sustainable life comes in. A topic that you can learn more about in my post below.
Grow your own leafy vegetables.
One way that you can live a more sustainable life is by making an effort to grow your own leafy vegetables. Why the green and leafy variety and not other types? Well, they are a great place to start as many of them can be cultivated to cut and grow, which means you can continue to harvest them as you use them.
This is such great news because it means that you don't have to buy leafy vegetables in stores. Something that is significantly contributing to global warming and pollution, because such plants are often grown overseas, or far away from the locations that they are eventually used in.
What this means is that not only are we using up valuable resources, fertilizing, washing, and packaging these foodstuffs, but also contributing to a larger carbon footprint because such products have to be transported from the place that they are grown, to local shops. Therefore, if we choose to grow our own food in, we can have a small, but significant impact on the global ecosystem.
Switch to a pescatarian diet.
Another sustainability tactic to consider taking is to switching from a fully omnivorous diet where you eat red meat, poultry, fish and vegetables to a pescatarian one. Pescetarians eat a regular diet, but no other type of meat except fish. What this means is that it takes fewer resources to grow the food, to feed our food, and so to eat in this way puts less strain on our ecosystem.
This is because the farming of fish for food has a much lower feed conversion ratio than beef, and even poultry. A topic that is covered in more detail on this site where you can learn all about salmon farming, and how it is not only a more sustainable option, but one that can have a positive impact on human health as well. After all, salmon and other fatty fish are chocked full of omega three oils which are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and even improve brain function.
Stop buying & using plastic.
Plastic is a regular fixture of most people's lives. In fact, I bet the computer or phone you are reading this post on right now has plastic components. However, although useful, plastic is becoming a real problem regarding sustainability.
The reasons for this are threefold. First of all, plastic doesn't biodegrade quickly, and this means once discarded it take up room in landfills, or ends up littering wild spaces and oceans. In fact, there is a garbage island in the ocean right now that is three time as a big as France, and is still growing!
This brings me onto the second problem, which is that as it does degrade plastic leaches out the chemical its made of, polluting the environment. Something that has severe ramifications for wildlife, and human life as well. After all, there is a reason why BPA plastic isn't meant to be used around food!
Lastly, most plastic is made from oil, a fossil fuel. The mining of which not only cause disruption and death in the environment local to it but is also a resource that is running out as well.
What this means is that if we continue to use plastics at the same rate as we are now, we risk all making all of these issues worse. To that end, it's clear that we all make some small changes, such as swapping to fabric bag for our groceries, using glass containers, and bottle for water and food, and boycotting the use of plastic straws in our drinks. Yes, these may seem like a drop in the ocean compared to the size of the problem, but if we want our ocean to remain healthy, we all need to do our bit.
Walk (or bike to work).
We can also be more sustainable and significantly reducing our own personal carbon footprint by swapping to walking or biking to work instead of using our cars every day.
This is a significant change to make because the burning of fossil fuel in combustion engines means we have less than a 100 year supply of this left. Add to this the fact that by burning such fuels, pollution and carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere too, and it's not hard to see why we need to choose one of the alternatives if we are to take a more sustainable approach.
Watch your water consumption.
Last of all, if sustainability is your goal, then you need to watch your water consumption, carefully. Although, you may wonder why this is the case when we have oceans full of the stuff.
Well, it's because once again, it takes energy to process water, so it's fit for human consumption and deliver it into our homes. That means that the water we get when we turn on the tap is quite different from the stuff found in the natural world, and much more expensive to create as well.
To that end, economically using water is crucial. This means saving rainwater with which to water our plants and gardens. Fixing leaky taps and pipes, and even turning off the tap when we brush our teeth.
In fact, changing our mindset from believing that it is a freely available resource to a very precious one is vital if we are to take a more sustainable approach to the way we use the Earth's resources and make the world a better place, not only for ourselves but for future generations as well.