What’s the difference… I’m not sure. But I do know that we can do things better than we currently do, and have in the past. It’s worth noting that previous genertions were way ahead of us in this thought pattern. It could be argued that Farmers and Homesteaders figured this out long before we were worried about the carbon footprint. We can learn alot from previous generations about how to be a little more responsible to the planet, and less dependant on others for everyday needs.
Side note… I’m a guy who loves big trucks, fast cars, firearms, and most things that offend the tree hugging prius driving movement. From an outwardly apprearance, people like me are the target of much angst in regards to being planet friendly. I’m also probably doing more than a large percentage of the vocal eco warriors to actually make a difference. If someone isn’t willing to entertain being even somewhat self sustainable, they are probably just jumping on the trendy bandwagon of the moment.
There lies an issue with the ecology movement. It’s labeled as a no fun, no frills, expensive way of life in favor of being a trendy and thoughtful person… Wrong. Way wrong. If the people marketing this lifetyle would simply change gears to make it more appealing to the masses, there would be a much higher interest, and thus drive down the costs and making it more mainstream. In short, its being marketed to the wrong customer base. There’s aleady a vibrant customer base in place and has been for decades. Small Scale Farmers.
Being even just a little sustainable isn’t hard. It brings great pride to harvest your own food, and can be done in the smallest of areas. A simple raised bed and a few chickens can produce more than most people realize when done correctly. Curtis Stone (The Urban Farmer) is one of our favorites on YouTube. His channel and website has a lot to offer in the area of small scale gardening. Backyard Chickens is a great website for education as well.
On a trip to Arizona earlier this year I took a day to BioShpere 2 (Link Here)… It was an impressive visit. Biosphere 2 was designed to find a way to sustain life on another planet, through finding ways to be more responsible here on Earth. It’s an amazing piece of engineering and very thought provoking. It’s worth a visit even if you aren’t interested in the content of this post… its amazing.
100 years ago most of america had gardens, and understood how to feed themselves without the use of drive though fast food and massive grocery stores. Which is something thats been lost to American culture. We no longer take care of the chickens, pigs, cows, and crops to ensure our families are fed. We arent even interested in thinking about having a small garden anymore. There’s a great pride in growing your own food, and knowing where it comes from. It doesn’t take much time after you learn what to do and what to avoid. It doesn’t even take up much space with Square Foot Gardening. But it does take commitment. And it does take more than just talking about it on social media.
It’s not about being trendy, or politically correct, or eco-sensitive. Its about being a good steward of the land God has entrusted you with. It’s about teaching your family how to respect creation and the value of self generated results. It’s about being thankful, responsible, and respectful.
If you run across one of those prius driving and tree hugging people in the near future, be sure to ask them what they are actually doing to forward their cause other than talking about it. More importantly, try to help them understand in looking for the answers to moving forward, we may need to look back a few decades.
… Farmers. The original Eco Warriors.