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Helpful tips for being a loving earth steward

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There are many ways to be a compassionate responsible earth steward and make a positive contribution to the world. An earth steward is a person who makes the conscious decision to make wise choices that affect his or her local world and is careful that these choices help the planet.

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1. Go vegan. "What we’re doing today is non-sustainable. We’re basically ruining the environment, destroying the water, and all of this with the unbelievable characterization that we’re trying to feed a hungry world. And that's just not true." This is quoted from veganpeace Howard Lyman is an ex-4th generation cattle rancher turned vegan.

2. Become a holistic herbalist and eschew big pharma. Did you know that more than 50% of the ingredients in over the counter and prescription medications contain toxic petrochemicals which are derived from crude oil, i.e., the gas in your tank? Natural plant herbs, such as chamomile, lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, garlic, and ginger are much safer and healthier and don't require any factory processing. You simply pull them wild from the ground, and chop them and brew an herbal tea or press them to make a nice lovely herbal mixture.

3. Buy organic as often as possible. When you buy organic, you're not just voting with your wallet, contributing to a more socially conscious economy, you're also protecting your family's health, and you're saying NO to crude oil, which is what pesticides contain. The Environmental Working Group publishes a free downloadable guide to the "Dirty Dozen," the top 10 fruits and vegetables that MUST be eaten organically.

4. Think globally, act locally. There is much to be said about supporting local businesses and contributing to a much smaller carbon footprint. Every time you purchase a product that needs to be shipped and delivered, you are contributing to more consumption of crude oil being used as fuel. Buying locally is much better because your dollars are only going toward purchasing a product; they're not going toward paying for the delivery fuel. David Suzuki published this informative article to illustrate the importance of "think locally, act globally".

5. Wear organic or wear nothing. Did you know that the ingredient "fragrance" that's in cosmetics and personal care products contain at least 5,000 petrochemicals, none of which have been tested or scrutinized by the U.S. FDA? Protect your family's health and become an avid label reader. If you cannot pronounce an ingredient, pass it by! Propylene glycol is a petrochemical that contains anti-freeze, the toxic stuff that is used to protect your car from extreme freezing temperatures and that is commonly found in cosmetics. Read the label and look for ingredients like peppermint, chamomile, sandalwood, patchouli, ylang ylang, aloe vera, and olive oil. You know these are herbs that grow wild in the ground throughout the world and it's much safer for you to use them than the toxic stuff!

6. As the kosher law states, "if in doubt, do without," so is the same principle for making purchases of food and cosmetics for your health and well being. If you cannot pronounce an ingredient and you need to go to the trouble to understand what it means, then it is very likely, this ingredient will harm you and your family and you're better off without it!

7. Enjoy the beautiful great outdoors and fresh air and go out and play! This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it is exactly as it sounds. The best way to honor, respect, and celebrate Mother Earth and all her beautiful wonder is to play in her grass, her trees, playfully interact with her sweet little Elemental beings, the butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, crickets, and turtles, and ducks, and have fun and breathe the fresh clean air!

It is much easier than you might think to be a happy, healthy, smart Earth Steward and it is never too late to start and enjoy it!

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