I just saw the movie, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL with Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly. The premise is that the Earth needs to be saved from humans as humans are destructive and only know war, conflict and fighting. This means that the earth must be rid of all human life in order to restore it to its natural, amazing way. In the end the alien, Katuu played by Keanu Reeves, does see that humans are beings capable of compassion and love and can change if they want. Thus the planet it saved.

This movie is not far off from where we are today. It is time that we take the accountability and responsibility for our role in destroying the earth, various inhabitants and life forces. We can do so by each and everyone of us taking baby steps to becoming more “green” and environmentally conscious. It does not mean that you have to change your entire life around in a day … baby steps will go a long way in changing our world.

My son and I sat down and this is the baby steps that we take in our home to make a difference – start with one small change and then you can incorporate more:

  • turn off lights in rooms that we are not using
  • use light bulbs that are environmentally friendly and last longer
  • unplug the appliances we are not using
  • switch off the electrical plug for our tv at night
  • Toronto has a recycling program where we separate garbage, wet food and paper and plastics – recycling is important
  • Buy products with little packaging as possible
  • Buy local produce
  • Use natural cleaners in our home
  • Use Nikken products: water filter and air filter
  • Keep the house at a lower temperature (not too cold or too hot)
  • Cut down on dishwashing – wait until it is full: don’t rinse unless have to
  • Cut down on washing clothes – larger washes
  • Turn off water when brushing teeth
  • Recycle products – give them to people or charities
  • Take shorter showers
  • Buy recycled products – bathroom tissue and napkins
  • Pick up litter on the street – lead by example
  • Reuse plastic cutlery for school lunches – my kids go between two homes and cutlery gets lost – I recommend stainless steel cutlery if you can.


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