Change is brewing. Yesterday was a very powerful day for many of us, as we listened to the first African-American president, full of dreams for a better world mixed with the reality of what is at hand. I am thankful that a new hope has spread across the world. I am hopeful that we will unite together and bring our world into a new, mindful era. I have written more about these thoughts here.
The future holds many promises. But at home, the reality of our economic situation is beginning to set in for most folks. Here in the United States, we’re feeling the effects of the global recession every day. I’ve heard many people use the word Depression who wouldn’t have dreamed of using that word only a few months ago. It is grim. It is getting worse. And it will get worse still before it gets better.
Unfortunately, this poses quite a dichotomy. The Recession makes it difficult to get by, to save, to spend any more than we have to spend. Yet the pressure of climate change and the ethics we’ve taught ourselves says we must buy what is good for the environment and our communities.
Often doing our best to leave a lower impact means paying a little more, doesn’t it? How do we stay true to our values while simply getting by during an economic crisis?
So I made a list of the different things we do at home to save money and save the earth. Some of these may be old news for you – in that case think of this as a reminder! – but hopefully each of us will find some gems in this list. Please do share other ideas that come to mind!
Please visit the rest of this post I’ve written at the Simple | Green | Frugal Co-op. I think you’ll enjoy it, and I’d love your input!!