Climate change, water and air pollution, deforestation, loss of species … these are just a few of the serious environmental challenges we face. Becoming aware of how we have exacerbated these issues is the first step toward a healthy planet; realizing we share the resources of our world with all living things is the next step; learning what part we can play to take care of our world can make a meaningful difference.
In her latest book, Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World, Nobel Peace Prize laureat, Dr. Wangari Maathai is looking to keep her mission of environmental sustainability as simple as possible:
“If we live in an environment that’s wounded — where the water is polluted, the air is filled with soot and fumes, the food is contaminated with heavy metals and plastic residues, or the soil is practically dust — it hurts us, chipping away at our health and creating injuries at a physical, psychological and spiritual level,” Maathai writes. “In degrading the environment, therefore, we degrade ourselves.”
For more, read Bryan Walsh’s article, Has Environmentalism Lost Its Spiritual Core?
Here are a few organizations championing eco-friendly solutions:
Energy Federation Incorporated
We believe it is essential to encourage environmentally benign and sustainable use of our planet’s limited energy and water resources. Through the distribution of resource conserving products and the provision of objective, accurate information, we strive to assist people in their efforts to use energy and water efficiently.
Environmental Defense is fighting to protect human health, restore our oceans and ecosystems, and curb global warming.
Greening The Cleaning
Greening the Cleaning® means eliminating to the greatest extent possible, all cleaning agents containing hazardous ingredients and replacing them with environmentally friendly products that utilize natural or naturally-derived ingredients.**100% of all profits go to The Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer in Ribera, New Mexico.
What individuals or organizations do you think are taking the lead and showing us how to better protect our environment? Share your favorites.