EARTH DAY SHOULD BE EVERYDAY!

Are ocean temperatures rising?  Are the oceans warming?  Are the polar ice caps melting?  Is climate change really happening?

I’m not a scientist but most of the information I read from Greenpeace, 350.org and The David Suzuki Foundation suggests that we are having a climate crisis and it will get worse over time.  Many argue that this has been the way since time began and that weather changes have been happening since the dawn of civilization.

Could the extinction of dinosaurs have occurred due to climate change?  Are animal migrations caused by weather patterns changing forever?  Could the warming of our oceans be damaging to fish and other wildlife?

Here is what is the reality.  Man is responsible for the changes to our weather patterns and the change in our climate.  We can’t expect that mass deforestation, pollution, and over population isn’t having an effect on our planet and our environment.  The industrial revolution made things much more efficient for humans but at the cost of our planet.

Let’s look at some facts about forests and deforestation (from http://www.conserve-energy-future.com):

  • Forests cover 30% of earth’s land.
  • It is estimated there will be no rainforests within 100 years.
  • Agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation.

AGRICULTURE

Developing means of farming and agriculture is the reason humans live in the world they do today.  It is a necessary means of survival, without which there would be famines all over the world.  For thousands of years, agricultural was a natural process that did not harm the land it was done on.  In fact, farmers were able to pass down their land for many generations and it would still be fertile as ever.  However, modern agricultural practices have started the process of agricultural pollution.  This process causes the degradation of the eco-system, land and environment due to the modern-day by-products of agriculture.

  •  There are more than 121 natural remedies in the rain forest which can be used as medicines.
  • According to the Rainforest Action Network, the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population yet consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.
  • 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon forest.
  • 25% of cancer fighting organisms are found in the Amazon.
  • Deforestation has considerably stopped in places like Europe, Pacific, North America and some parts of Asia due to lack of agricultural land.
  • Half of the world’s tropical forests has already been cleared.
  • Poverty, over-population and inequal land access are the main causes of man-made deforestation.

For more information about clean, renewable and sustainable energy, please visit http://www.conserve-energy-future.com 

The first step to creating positive change in the world is having the knowledge and the will to do something to create that positive change.  Being armed with the facts allows you to go to your elected officials to do something about it.  Let’s face it, without air to breathe, clean water to drink and clean soil to grow our food – we will not exist.

We are at a crucial moment in history.  If people stand together and demand our right to clean water, food and a healthy planet – positive and lasting change will come.

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In the mean-time, what can YOU do to help?  Here are some suggestions:

GO VEGAN – remember, agriculture is the major cause for deforestation.  We need trees for oxygen.  The less meat we eat, the less space for agricultural farming is needed.  Raising animals puts a direct strain on our natural resources and is a very cruel industry for cows, pigs and all other animals.

RECYCLE – Used products that have been recycled.  Support businesses that have green initiatives.  Compost your organics and use it as soil.  Don’t buy/use plastic bags or bottles – plastics are dangerous to all wildlife and may be harmful to you.

CONSERVE WATER USAGE – Don’t let water run.  Fix leaky faucets, take shorter showers – let nature water your gardens or keep rain barrels and re-use that water you’ve collected to water your plants.

I may not be here in 50 years but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t care about the fate of our planet.  She has given so much to us and why should we not give back to her?

Together, we can make the world a more positive one. 

 

 

 

LIVING FOR LOVE

It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day struggle that we forget to show love and compassion for others and for our own health and well-being.  Here are some things you can do to reconnect with yourself and to provide on-going positive energy into our world.

TURN OFF YOUR TELEVISIONS

It is corporate media’s job to TELL YOU what products you should be buying, what medications to take and what food to eat.  They are in the business of making profits and are not concerned with your wellness.  Think about it.  Companies are not advertising foods that prevent positive health.  Television is notorious for selling the foods that perpetuate illness such as; high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. These diseases ensure drug companies maximize their profits by giving people the dependency to live longer with their illnesses without quality of life.

News networks are not independent and are only there to serve the corporations that own them.  Look to other news sources for things that are happening locally and internationally.  www.censorednews.com is a great resource.

RECONNECT WITH NATURE

By turning off your televisions from distraction, you are able to enjoy and be present to what is around you such as nature.  Reconnecting with our environment is an excellent way to restore health and piece of mind.  You can clear your mind from daily stress by going for a walk and breathing fresh air.  Going for walks allows you to get your blood flowing and burns calories.  This is a great opportunity to give back to mother nature.  Bring a garbage bag and pick up any garbage that can harm local wildlife and that makes where ever you are walking an eye sore.

MEDITATE

Meditation is a great way to release any stress that may be living inside of you.  Stress leads to emotional and physical disease.  There are many great resources to guided meditation.  A great resource is http://www.hayhouse.com

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Perform random acts of kindness.  Not only is this beneficial to the person receiving the random act – it’s great for those who initiate it.  This doesn’t have to be a monetary act – it could be in form of a compliment or even a hug.

LOVE is powerful.  LOVE creates positive change.  LOVE is the essence of where we all came from.  It is in us to give and it is for us to receive.

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Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

 

 

 

MY KIND OF LOVE IS NOT A CHOICE I MADE.

Can we really choose our sexual orientation or is our sexual orientation already built within our DNA?  I can’t answer that question on a scientific level but I can certainly answer it based on my life experiences.

Let’s start as far back as I can remember.  I can’t pin point the exact moment that I realized that I was attracted to other men but I always knew that this was part of my being.  I wasn’t forced to choose my sexual attraction to other men – I was forced to simulate to what was around me and what other people thought was ‘normality’.  Society, religion and family forced heterosexuality upon me.  I grew up thinking that my attraction to other men was wrong because it was an unacceptable behavior in our society based mainly on religious beliefs.

So as a child – I was already being forced to accept other people’s ideas of what they thought was right.  I was told that my purpose in life was to get an education, get a good job, find a women, get a house, get married and start a family.  This was what was considered ‘normal’.  It wasn’t until I was a pre-teen that these ideas seemed wrong for me, especially the idea of being in a relationship with someone of the opposite sex.  That notion seemed completely against who I was – it wasn’t an authentic feeling.

Needless to say, I lived my life for the benefit of making other people happy.  I dated girls because it was what I had to do not what I felt.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved women but not in a sexual way.  For me, women were nurturing, emotional, great conversationalists, beautiful and loving.

When I began my journey into manhood, I realized that my life of lies, deceit and self-hate were only hurting me.  How can I love others if I don’t even love and respect myself?  I began my life of authenticity – it was a long and painful process.  I had to really look within and start being honest with myself.  I had to release all of the internal homophobia I learned from society, religion and family and then start living my life from love.  This was a struggle and continues to be a struggle but it in the end – it had to happen.

No one can tell you that you must love a certain person.  Love and attraction just happens naturally.  It is something that you can’t choose – I didn’t choose my sexuality, it was chosen for me.  As I said above, I was forced to assimilate to what was considered to be ‘normal’ and was stripped of an authentic part of who I was.

I love who I am today.  I love that I found a path that is in line of who I was meant to be.  I love being an individual with my own thoughts and ideas and I love that I no longer have to hide who I love.  I gained emotional scars throughout my journey but I have learned to love and cherish those beautiful scars because they have shaped me in becoming the person I am today – and I LOVE that person.

Don’t conform to what others tell you – look within and listen to the authenticity that lives within you, that authenticity should guide you in all the endeavors your life’s path will take you on.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!