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A Real View of the Planet

19 January, 2018 | Blog

One thing you really start to pay attention to when you are on extended long distance runs in the outdoors. You first notice the ground you are running on. Is it paved? Blacktop? Are you running on a dirt trail? Are there pebbles under your feet?

You sometimes take it for granted, but a natural running surface is not only better on your feet and knees, it’s better for the Earth. And, since it’s better for the Earth, it inevitably is better for all of us too.

It doesn’t just start and stop with what is under your feet though. You start to notice the trees a little more. You start to see the differences from species to species. You see the shapes of the leaves, the various greens, and then the reds, oranges, and yellows in the fall. You also start to notice where there’s a lot of trees and where there are very few.

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The point of all this is that when you go about your normal day-to-day lives, it’s easy to forget just how much nature there is. And, it’s easy to not realize that the normal modern human existence really takes a toll on all of that nature. For all of the things we build, we destroy much much more.

All of these realizations bring us to one major question: What can we do to minimize the damage we are doing to our own home?

One very major way to cut back on some of the damage we are doing it to take a more ethical approach to how we live our lives. We can make everyday choices that though may seem small, add up to doing a lot of good. Or at the very least, they lead us to do less harm than we were doing.

Trying to do one small thing can make a big change in the world, like opting to ride a bike whenever possible instead of driving a car. By cutting down on your driving you cut down on your usage, and therefore your need of fossil fuels. Lowering the demand will lower how much is extracted from the planet. And, by using less you limit how much pollution you pump into the air. You also cut down on other pollutants like brake dust.

But, instead of just making an effort to make one small change at a time, you can make an entire lifestyle change. An example of this is by choosing to live the rest of your life as a vegan.

Many people think this mean you just decide to stop eating meat and eggs and stop drinking milk. While it’s true that changing your diet is a hug part of opting to go vegan, it’s much more than that.

The idea is to limit the amount of cruelty your spread around to other life including animals. So, while cutting out animal-based foods from your diet is part of it, it’s not the whole picture. Vegans also decide to stop using products that contain animal byproducts.

For instance, instead of using hygiene products made of and tested on animals, you instead pick a cruelty free option, like a vegan body wash for example. Many common household name brands are full of animal byproducts, but vegan versions are ethically manufactured.

By using vegan products, you ensure there is less energy spent on raising animals that are grown just for the sake of slaughtering them. It’s actually both ethically friendly and environmentally friendly at the same time.

None of these choices are the easiest as far as changing the way you live. You do need to make some sacrifices. But, when it comes to choosing what is the smart way to live and what is the destructive way to live, the sacrifices are small in comparison to the other option.

If you too haven’t come to these conclusions or have never even considered what your current lifestyle is doing to the planet you live on, try to spend a little more time away from your desk. Make sure to feel the earth under your feet, admire the trees and flowers, and breathe in the fresh air where you can. It will all start to make itself clear then.