HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD
For the first time in history, bees have been put on the endangered species list. This matters because 80% of our food supply relies on bees for pollination. The decline of bees equals a dramatic fall in the production of fruits and vegetables. Farmers were the first to notice the effects. Their crops dwindled, and they don’t have the food production needed to sustain their farms. The rule of supply and demand will result in elevated food prices due to a drop in food production. Humans will have to turn to a diet made primarily of grains. Outside of the food crops, other vegetation will die off and leave the ground vulnerable to soil erosion. This will, then, not only affect the natural beauty of our world, but it will also affect the supply of clean water.
The many causes for the decline of bees in our country include pathogens, loss of natural habitat, and colony collapse disorder. But, the number one enemy is pesticides. Among other issues, it acts as a neurotoxin and contraceptive. Knowing the cause is a huge part of determining a solution. On a government level, the roles are too tangled in conflicts of interest for us to rely on. It’s a political mess that will just make you angry (at least it does me), but anger doesn’t produce action on its own. This is something that needs to be addressed on an individual level.
YOU CAN AFFECT CHANGE BY WHERE YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY
It’s simple. Each penny you spend is a vote for whatever you’re spending it on. Buy local and support your local community. You have people all around you who are available to be a source of organic and sustainable products and knowledge. Make friends with your local farmers, beekeepers, organic market workers, and others who are committed to sustainable business practices. They’re the source of a wealth of information. It will make your attempt to make the organic transition a whole lot easier when you figure out where the members of this community are. Just being a patron of local, environmentally conscious, businesses is a way to do your part without much effort.
If you're not ensuring the current and future health of you and your family, then you're borrowing against it by the choices you make right now. I work full time, so this isn’t coming from a mom with a lot of domestic time on her hands. I bring my whole family into this to make this work. A family working toward something together is not a bad thing. It's kind of awesome.
PLANT BEE FRIENDLY FLOWERS
I have a giant sage plant in my front yard that attracts a constant hum of bees, bumblebees, and butterflies every year. They love it, and I love having them. While I’m decorating my yard with beautiful flowers, I’m also part of providing the biodiversity that these little creatures, the backbone of our natural food system, need. I’m protecting them with my own chemical-free growing practices so that they aren’t consuming pesticides when they eat at my house. Bees communicate with one another and remember where the food sources are. I’m proud to be part of their survival and want to encourage you to be there for them, too.
Plant flowers that attract bees and take the steps to avoid pesticides. Certain companies will genetically modify their plants/seeds to add a pesticide into the DNA or onto the surface of the plant. Read the labels and avoid those that are laced with poison.
This is how you can change the world. You have to take responsibility for yourself and the space you occupy. You are a part of a larger whole.
DOING MY OWN PART
As a member of my local and global community, I am deeply convicted to live in such a way that not only keeps me and my family thriving, but also supports the health and sustainability of my local community. I am working hard to find ways to integrate my "out of salon" lifestyle and perspective and apply it usefully in the salon. I'm searching for ways to be a source of sustainable products and knowledge in my small corner of the market.
I'm excited about what I've found. I've searched the global community to find ways to make it easy for you to take care of yourself without adding to the damage. Over the next few weeks I'll share with you the steps I'm taking to be a resource of environmentally friendly practices and products. It's all about making you beautiful while also keeping our planet healthy. Over the course of my research, I've found that countries like Canada and Australia are way ahead of America in environmentally sustainable living. I'm collecting bits of knowledge and ideas from them and arranging my findings into something that you can access, too.
Stay tuned in. We're going to help change the world.