Environmental and eco-conscious initiatives have been all the buzz around the world for many years now. Green-minded movers and shakers from every generation and every background are working to create new solutions and new discourse for our depleting world. It is only through education, discussion, and action that any real change can ever be seen on the front of environmentalism and sustainability. It is not the state of our current generation that needs to be of concern, but rather the fate of our future generation as the current ones continue to destroy and deplete the world in which we live. These three TED talks are given by insightful and inspiring individuals ready for an eco-revolution.
Birke Baehr: What’s Wrong with Our Food System
In this talk, 11-year-old Birke Baehr discusses “the dark side of the industrial food system” and how he proposes to change it. Baehr explains the dangers of our current method for food production, distribution, and marketing. Painting a not so happy and picturesque picture of farming and gardening, Baehr delves into the modern technologies used to mass produce out meats and vegetables. Shunning the genetic manipulation of our food, young Baehr illuminates the dangers of these techniques. He states that rats that were given biotech (genetically engineered) corn showed signs of liver and kidney toxicity. He also discusses the appalling practices of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOS) in which fertilizers developed from fossil fuels are put into the dirt because all of the natural nutrients in the soil have been stripped. Pesticides made in much the same way are put on vegetables to ward off bugs and then are washed into our water system, poisoning not only pests, but also our society. Baehr, sounding wise beyond his years, promotes the “slow food” movement of local and organic farming. He vows to solve the food system crisis by growing (and buying) against the system. With a poignant point, Baehr explains that buying organic is worth the cost because it’s either “pay the farmer or pay the hospital”. Read more…
According toReal Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.
So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.