Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Whole World In My Hands

Happy Earth Day everyone! The weather is lovely today and we spent it biking around Toronto, grocery shopping in Kensington Market, and enjoying the splendid outdoors our city has to offer.

I have also completed a special set for my photos from my trip to San Francisco. I thought it was only fitting to highlight it here, being that San Fran appears to be a green city. They have even recently put forward a by-law to forbid plastic bags at grocery and retail stores. Totally cool idea. Check out this great garbage can too.

We all can do something to treat our beautiful Earth. One way to help is to think of it in 4 parts - it's physical self, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Yes, our Earth is a living, breathing thing, so why not treat it as such, right?

For me, today and continuously, i am committed to:

1) Decrease the amount of plastic bags i use by reusing the ones i have and remembering to always bring one of my many cloth ones
2) Relish in the beauty of the nature outside and say thanks for it
3) Make the connection for others that being a vegan is also a conscious decision to nuture the environment (for me it is, anyways)
4) Do a little prayer for Mother Earth to remind her that i care

What can you do?

Edited to add: Oops, i forgot to mention this lovely group blog: Sew Green, a collaborative blog that looks at environmental ways to be crafty. Check it out.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to your post on "Earth Day" and Environmental Crisis I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of Speed, Overstimulation, Consumerism and Industrialization on our minds and environment. Please read.

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.

Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.

To read the complete article please follow any of these links :





12:09 AM  
Blogger Tuco said...

Hi Vania - I'm trying to get TVO's "The Agenda" to do a factory farm/veggie issues episode. If you (or your readers) want to help, just visit The Agenda's viewer's stories ideas page at:

register quickly, and respond to the thread titled "Factory Farming - Intensive Livestock Operations"

The more hotly debated threads often get turned into episodes.
Best wishes!

2:44 PM  

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