You are an Environmental Steward? Maybe the better question is what kind of Environmental Steward are you?
1 the office, duties, and obligations of a steward
2 the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.
1 the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded
2 a: the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival b: the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community
3 the position or characteristic position of a linguistic element in a sequence
4 a computer interface from which various tasks can be performed
Environmental Stewardship is everyone’s responsibility. I know I hear minds whirling, ‘who me? But I am just one person, I don’t own anything, I can barely take care of myself let alone the environment, I can’t afford it” (laughing) Yes, YOU! And relax we can all learn to be wiser stewards it is a work in progress, and some day’s will be better than others, and everything makes a difference , most importantly we can not afford not to.
As we look around us at the world, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the neglect we see around us… and wonder how we can do anything about global environmental issues… let alone see ourselves as Stewards.
So let’s start locally, take a look at your immediate environment… your home, your car, your computer…
What kind of steward are you? Are you sustainable in your environments? Do you leave them better than you found them? Do you create calm or chaos? Do you seek to empower and uplift those who share your space? Where and when did you learn your stewardship style?
For most of us our first lesson in environmental stewardship is as a child… “Take care of your toys”, “Pick up your toys”. “Make your bed”, “Clean your room” “Do your chores”. We learned from these messages the importance, or lack there of, of our environmental stewardship. Some of us learned that if we didn’t step up someone else would, others learned that if we didn’t do it no one else would, many of us fell in the middle somewhere.
As we grew, and our environments grew and became more shared, we learned other lessons about how to share space, and responsibility and some of us learned that if we bullied others they would either do it for us, or ignore that we weren’t doing our part. We continued to grown from our foundations, to adulthood, and our world has grown to reflect these basic foundations.
Looking around us we can all see it is time for many of us to change our foundations.
No one can changes the Global Environment without changing their individual local environment, though the Global Bullies think they can, and to a great extent many of us allow them too, either by ignoring them or by doing their work for them, or by allowing them to control our choices through fear and disempowerment.
How do we start to make a change? That depends on where you are at right now, if you didn’t make your bed as a child and still don’t, maybe that is where you start.
If you have no idea where the food you eat actually grew: start there. If every meal you eat currently comes out of a plastic wrapped container, start there: Use your recycle bin not because it is the law but because it makes a difference.
If you currently only shop at the Mall 45 miles away: Support local sustainable businesses you will save gas, support your community and reduce your carbon foot print.
If you have forgotten that vegetables grow from plants in the earth: Support your local CSA (community supported agriculture) ventures. Again you support your community and most CSA’s grow greener, and some even deliver.
If you regularly purchase processed foods, shop at chain stores, eat at restaurants, and buy gasoline: “follow your dollar” past the point of sale, is your purchase supporting Environmental Bullies or those who support healthy environment. Pay attention, educate yourself, find out what you don’t know, and then decide what you need to do with that information.
The problems we see around us will not change alone; we must “be the change”
YOU ARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARD! Please choose to be a good one.
No Unsacred Places blogged Leaders of the Environmental Movement 2
Reading it I wondered what efforts our friend’s pagan and others are making in the Wise Stewardship of our Environment. Please visit No Unsacred Places to read the article and the responses there as they open an interesting and important dialog.