This past weekend, LB, Michele, and I had the privilege of walking in the People’s Climate March in NYC. It was inspiring to see so many people coming together and getting involved that my eyes may have watered a bit here and there. The march seemed to be a platform for so many areas of environmental conservation. So much beautiful artwork had also been prepared.
One message that particularly stood out to me came from a man speaking on a platform (we were moving so quickly that I couldn’t see which organization he was with). He said that global warming will lead to more wars because of the scarcity of resources.
It’s hard and uncomfortable to imagine the full potential effects of climate change. What will farming look like? Will there be enough food? Enough water? What will happen if heavily populated parts of the country become too hot to live in? And what can we do to have less of a carbon footprint?
Reflecting on that last question I came up with a list of things I am currently doing and a list of things I’d like to start doing to live a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Currently, I take public transportation whenever I can. Our building just started a composting program, which we actively partake in. I started making cleaning products from water, vinegar, and baking soda instead of buying other chemical-filled options. I wash most of our clothes in cold water.
I primarily buy organic fruits and vegetables. But many of these organic products are flown in from around the world. I would like to make more of an effort to buy locally grown and season-appropriate foods. Ideally, I’d like to buy products that are organic and local. Or, better yet, biodynamic and local. When we make our big move to a house (very soon!), I plan on planting some of my own vegetables. Can’t get much more local than that. I also dream of having a chicken coop and solar panels… but we’ll see.