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GIVE THE EARTH A GIFT

Here are some ways you can care for the earth as well as your family and friends.

The holiday season is here. Businesses are gearing up for their busiest time of the year. Many stores make 75 percent of their yearly revenue during this time, while others may operate only for the season and take the rest of the year off. This is a time of increased burden on the planet. More natural resources are taken over a shorter period time. Fossil fuels are burned at a much higher rate, people are traveling and food consumption is increased. Commercials bombard us. Billboards, junk mail, and ads everywhere are saying "buy!, buy!, buy!".

Is this the true meaning of celebration? Is this what these traditions were intended to be when they were started? I think not. But the truth is, we can create whatever we want. We don't have to get caught up in it all. In fact, we have a tremendous power to heal and change things right now. If we choose to engage in the gift-giving traditions, we can use our gifts to heal the planet, strengthen the local economy and send a powerful message for change.

You might think it sounds too simple. The truth is, it is very simple. Every dollar we spend is going to support the companies and individuals responsible for creating those services, products and distribution media. The dollar is a powerful tool for voting. We can use it wisely if we choose to not support the toxic, polluting industries (like non-organic cotton) that are a drain on our economy and the environment. If we support companies that are creating positive change instead, all the better. The following are a few recommendations.

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Written by: Rhonda Hill


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