Being environmentally friendly is currently becoming a fad with young people. I really admire Greta Thunberg and all she is accomplishing. It is also a fad to blame my generation and ones before mine for the shape the earth and climate are in — and rightly so. However, this Grandma (78) is determined to do all I can to help the environment. I will most likely be long gone from this earth by the time the worst of the climate forecasts become a reality, but I have wonderful children and grandchildren and possible future great grands that I want to be able to enjoy the beauty of the earth as I did. It is for them that I have made a determination to do my part in saving the earth. In the process of being ecologically conscious, I have discovered the same things that help the climate and earth also are saving me money.
I was a child in the 1950’s. My parents were farmers in the midwest. I guess we were poor by today’s standards, but we were happy and healthy and lived pretty much a middle class life. I grew up with always having a calf or hog or chicken for meat and fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in that lifestyle — helping in the garden, gathering eggs, feeding the chickens, feeding the calves, etc. We pretty much lived by the adage “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
Now as I strive to make a smaller carbon footprint, I often harken back to the days of my childhood to guide me on my journey. I hope you will join me as we learn and discover ways to help the earth!