Birds, Bees & Bunnies… Happy Earth Day!

 

Birds, Bees & Bunnies…  Happy Earth Day!

Birds , Bees & Bunnies…

Hummingbirds,  Snakes,  & Earthworms? Spiders, Frogs, Lizards and of course Ladybugs?  These are signs of life – these are signs of a healthy yard.

If you don’t see any of these insects or critters it is a sure sign that you are using fertilizers and chemicals which are killing these essential pieces in the puzzle we call EARTH.  I have spoken to people who live in communities where there are no birds chirping outside, no lizards running for cover as you walk across the sidewalk.  In fact, I have been told that they have witnessed dead birds in their communities, possibly from over spraying of chemicals.

As we celebrate 40 years of Earth Day, it brings me back to the Native Americans 7th Generation Law:

 “In our every thought  and deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” 

 

Native Americans understand that we are all connected to each other and to the Earth.  When we our choices harm the earth, we in turn are harming ourselves and many generations to come.  It is truly self-centered to care about the earth, as without a healthy planet we will not be healthy.

Every day we make thousands of choices that affect the earth and our lives.  All of these choices impact our life and our world.  Small changes can have huge impacts.  We are just beginning to understand these impacts with the increase in chronic diseases we suffer. 

“There is virtually no major chronic disease to which environmental factors do not contribute, directly or indirectly.”        (1979-Surgeon General Report)

Over thirty years ago our Surgeon General noted the link between our health and our environment.  Asthma, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Allergies and Cancer are in epidemic numbers.  These chronic illnesses have been directly linked to our living environment – the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.  It is not rocket science.

As I look outside in my yard, I see the rabbits (more by the dayJ) hopping around, slithering snakes in the grass and earthworms on my driveway after a rain.  I see birds, bees, butterflies – and at the right time of year, an occasional hummingbird.  My grass is green, but not manicured – it has what many would consider full of weeds.  The tradeoff?  I get to see the beauty of nature – and chemicals don’t end up inside my house which in turn affects my family’s health.  It is well worth it. 

The choices we make outside our homes affect the inside of our homes.  Studies have shown more outdoor chemicals inside the average carpet than outside in the yard.  The reason?  It doesn’t rain inside to dilute and wash away.  It sits in the carpet, some studies showing for over a year after the one-time application outside.    Our shoes are taxis for these toxins which get parked in the long-term parking garage called our carpet.  And who crawls and plays on our floors? – our kids and our pets.  They are the innocent casualties of our decisions.

What do you see when you look outside in your yard? 

Happy Earth Day and many more to come….

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