Today I’m officially announcing our “Revivor” campaign. What does that mean? It is a call to everyone to show their support for reviving the culture that built this nation. Regardless of how our families came to this nation, they did create a country that was fundamentally built on community, cooperation and reasonable competition. There are a variety of ways that you can show your support for “Reviving,” but I wanted to start this series about what traits we are seeking to revive. This, in combination with our Practicality Podcast, our website and program offerings, we are working to build an awareness of ways that people can have more freedom, more capability and a more sustainable future.

As I await the President’s speech on climate change, I want to focus on reviving our planet. While I expect President Obama will discuss how corporations and the economy can affect the climate, it always comes down to individuals doing what we can. Our podcast will give some individual ideas but if each one of us makes simple changes in the way we live our lives, and encourage our loved ones to do the same, we can help slow, or even start the adjustment to whatever the climate has waiting for us.

Composting has the reputation as a smelly activity, but there are ways to avoid that. First off, proper aeration, through turning, and proper inoculation of microbes can minimize that odor. For those interested in a quieter, small-scale approach, try vermi-composting. Worms live in a container in your home, usually the kitchen, and feeding them with salad cuttings, plant matter, even tea bags, can reduce that to fertile worm castings, ideal for house plants and gardens alike.

Growing some of your own food will reduce your carbon footprint, and in fact, put some of the carbon back into the soil and plants, as carbon is the building block of life and needs to be “bio-available” to any plant life growing in that soil.

There is a lot of truth to the idea that minimizing meat eating cuts down on green house gases by reducing bovine-produced methane, by reducing the need for high grain and hay yields for the feed lots. It does take a lot of grain to feed a herd of cattle, but not having that cattle doesn’t necessarily assure that the grain won’t be used at some other meat producer. However, pasture raised, sustainably raised do a great service to the planet. Their hooves break up manure and stir it, with the air, into the soil, allowing it to be more productive. That manure is combined with other nutrients and water to feed the grass and other browse in the pasture. Proper movement of animals through desert lands has shown that their travel has left a soil that can absorb and use more water than before they traveled there.

From bird feeders to backyard habitat, there are a number of ways that a family can revive the environment around their home. But one of most important methods to revive the Earth is to consider it whenever you make a purchase – how is it wrapped? How long will you need it? What will you do when you’re done with it? Is there another way to do the same thing? We need to get past the idea of convenience and evolve to using forethought and compassion in our decisions. That won’t solve every problem, but every step we take will make the planet stronger.
For thousands of years humans lived on this planet with minimal effect on it. The native people recognized that destroying resources made their lives harder in the long run. The idea that the plants and animals that shared their landscape were part of a larger family. It is that belief that we need to foster.

For those with concerns about religious conflict, I put it to you that God gave us stewardship over the plants, animals, water and earth to so that we could conquer them, but so that we would care for them as would care for ourselves. To me nature IS a part of my family. I’m not perfect, by a long shot, but I don’t think God would want all of his creation to suffer because one “species sibling,” couldn’t learn its lesson.

If you agree with this type of Reviving, please support us a donation to North Country Sustainability Center, Inc. Donations of $5 will be thanked with a postcard placard to put in your car your window or on your store shelves or your choice of one of our buttons “The Arts” “HumAnimal” or “NeighborFood”, . A $10 donation will get you a choice of either a bumper sticker or a banner, both of which are illustrated below. A $30 donation will get a 2 sided sign to put on your yard, or in your place of business showing that you care about reviving our planet, our economy, our community and self-reliance. Please visit http://www.northcountrysustain.org/Revivor.html for more information.

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