By Robert Schwartz
If you’re reading this you already know there will be hell to pay if we don’t straighten out this climate issue.
Some people say climate change is caused by human reckless over-consumption. Some people say it’s just a natural planetary happening. The truth is even if climate change isn’t our fault it is our problem. The good news is you can affect the speed and severity that a changing climate will impact your children and grandchildren.There are 3 way that you can help heal the world and optimize the environment. The first is with your personal choices and the choices your family makes. The second is your local community, in America that’s state and local governments. The third is by advocating for national and world change, which seems like a big lift when you’re worried about making dinner and getting the kids to clean their room before they go to sleep. I try to work on all three of these points and find the most rewarding one is my own personal choices. As you know, local, state, and federal politicians have been very unwilling to make any substantial changes. I do see a glimmer of hope though, considering how the war on drugs and the war on homelessness went maybe politicians should consider a war on the environment. But all of that is for another day.
Why I got involved in the environmental movement.
There were three main stages to my climate journey. The first one was shock. Learning about the extent of the climate issue can really send you down a rabbit hole. The amount of information could keep you glued to your phone for literally 10 years. As I researched, I realized many people write with a political or financial agenda but even after removing biased information the real world is suffering and only the most cognitively challenged can’t see it. The second thing that happened to me was the emergence of emotional pain along with my sense of justice being offended to the point of real anger. Anger is an emotion designed to prevent bad decision making. You get angry at the kids for going in the street without looking. Most emotional anger is something that doesn’t just linger with you and over time you get less angry and settle back into a normal routine. This is the least helpful response to anger over environmental issues. The response that brought me piece was the third stage – realizing the source of the pain and responding to it.
Learning to contribute without complaining.
I like to think of myself as an environmentally responsible person. Carrying around my hydroflask, wearing goodwill or local made clothing, turning off the lights, rarely turn on the heat pump and having energy efficient appliances. But one day I realized my food choices nullified any positive impact I was hoping to make. Unnecessary pollution from packaging, refrigeration, and transportation. Poisoning the soil of land due to pesticides, watching the top soil get replaced with an unsustainable chemical mixture, and the massive amount of food waste from peels, stems, etc. I am luckily enough to live in rural Oregon so I can get a good percentage of food from local farmers or farmers markets but not everyone can do that year round, some people not at all.
So, what are we to do as environmental activists?
Sprout at home!
Sprouting allows a nice harvest every 3-5 day of clean fresh organic veggies. Sprouting at home takes almost no time and very little space. No transportation, or packaging pollution and a bare minimum of refrigeration if any at all. Almost no waste and no top or any other kind of soil used and no pesticides. Best Part? Every morning and evening when I spend a minute or two rinsing my sprouts, I am reminded of my fidelity to healing the environment.
For anyone just starting a sprouting adventure, here are the simple steps that people have been doing for thousands of years.
- Take some organic non-gmo seeds (the only kind there was until a few years ago) soak them in cool water for 8 hours or so.
- Drain the water and rinse 2 times per day until little tails appear, usually in 3-5 days.
- Repeat with a new set of seeds.
My website, www.organicsproutbox.com has a 5 minute video that walks you through every step of the way so you will get the best results. If you’d like to learn more, feel free to email us for tips or advice to either up your sprout game or get your sprouting adventure started. I also have a variety of entry level to gourmet vegan sprout recipes. Please look into sprouting today and if you’d like more information, visit us at www.organicsproutbox.com. SPROUT ON!