Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day- The environment

Today is Blog Action Day. The Environment. I decided to become involved in this VERY late in the game - but then I started to ask myself just why I was hesitating to "put my money where my mouth is". We only have one environment and, while I think that there is a confluence of factors that are causing problems, we really do need to start paying more heed to Mother Nature if we want to continue to enjoy quality of life on this planet. The only way to start making a difference is by personally making a commitment to take"baby steps". Something as simple as crushing your plastic bottles before disposing them can help reduce landfill. In trying to make this a quiting related post I decided to investigate The Organic Trade Association's website. It has a lot of very good information. Have a look. The older I get the more chemically sensitive I seem to become. Here is the written statement about the benefits of buying "organic":

"...Organic agriculture protects the health of people and the planet by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals from synthetic pesticides that can end up in the ground, air, water and food supply, and that are associated with health consequences, from asthma to cancer. Because organic agriculture doesn’t use toxic and persistent pesticides, choosing organic products is an easy way to help protect yourself..."

Makes sense to me. Remember you really CAN make a difference - one step at a time!

The buddha head in the photo above is a piece I did for the SAQA auction this past year. I was so very excited to learn that Meg Cox had made a donation to SAQA for it. Unfortunately, I never did get to take a photo of the completely finished piece. It is a one foot square painted with acrylic paints on heavy duck cloth, quilted and beaded along some of the lines for emphasis. I lettered the Sanskrit for "OM" on it... as I wished peace and happiness to the person who took him home.

4 comments:

Waltraud said...

I think you have done a good work (hope this is the correct word).

verobirdie said...

Your Boudha is beautiful. I hope the person who took it home appreciates it.

Julaine Lofquist-Birch said...

Incredible!

La Tea Dah said...

Thank you for this post. I intended to participate in blog action day as well, but missed the date by 'one day'. I may still post my thoughts, but at a later time (when it doesn't look like I'm 'late' but planned instead). I appreciate your thoughts on toxic chemicals and the environment. Alternatives are available, and also an adjustment to our expectations. I've finally decided that a few bug-bites on my roses are better than perfect leaves and toxic poisons!

Thank you for sharing!
LaTeaDah

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