Someone was telling me that being a good steward of the environment was way too time consuming.  I was a little shocked since it came from a person who has a lot of time on their hands and often complains of being bored.

Awareness of your impact on the environment doesn’t take any time at all – it’s only seconds – a thought – noticing what you are doing.  For instance, are you throwing a piece of wrapping on the sidewalk?  Are you using bleach when another product would do just as well?  Are you consuming a lot of packaged food when fresh is better for you and the earth? 

Think of the examples above.  Everything that you throw away whether on the sidewalk, down the drain or in your garbage can ends up somewhere on earth – your earth!  Not Mars or the Moon or Saturn – but on the planet on which you live. 

Somewhere along the line, it’ll cost you a lot more.  Why?  You’ll pay to clean up the ocean because it already has miles deep of garbage floating in it and toxic chemicals – sooner or later, it’ll have to be cleaned up and who will pay for it – the taxpaper!  The land dumps are already overflowing and we find ourselves having to export our garbage – and who’s paying for that?.  And our rivers and streams are polluted and you’re already paying for the consequences of fish depletion.

And when you need to pay for more and more and more, you need to use up more and more and more time in order to earn the money necessary to meet your wants and needs!

So next time you eat something, think about whether it’s doing the earth any good at all or using up its resources.  And when you think of resources think of how much of your pay cheque is going to clean it all up!  Remember, the only money government has is yours!

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