What Can I Do About Global Warming?

by | Jun 14, 2016 | Balance | 0 comments

 Change Global Warming With a Conscious Thought

fotolia  © Sergey Nivens

fotolia © Sergey Nivens

Do you believe that global warming exists?  If the answer is “yes”, then do you believe you can do anything about it?

Multiple surveys show that most Americans believe that global warming exists, that there is very little they can do individually to stem it, and what they can do they clearly don’t want to do.  And of course, with a belief system like that, there is very little one person, or one nation for that matter, can do about global warming.

But what if you could make a significant difference in improving the environment of the planet just by believing you could?

In his landmark book, “The Tipping Point”,  Malcolm Gladwell posits that individuals who make clear, conscious choices can and do make a significant difference because ideas spread, one good idea at a time, and then, albeit slowly, meaningful changes follow at a far greater level.

Gladwell says, “The best way to understand the emergence of fashion trends, the ebb and flow of crime waves, or for that matter, the transformation of unknown books into best sellers or the rise of teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth or any number of other mysterious changes that mark everyday life is to think of them as epidemics. Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread,” he believes, “just like viruses do.

And that begs the question; can you (or I) start an epidemic for positive environmental change?  What if, instead of giving any thought at all to global warming, you simply made a serious, conscious decision to be a better citizen of the planet on which you live?   What if you made a simple statement, an affirmation that said:

“From now on, I will consciously support the well-being of planet earth, for the purpose of providing a cleaner, healthier future for myself and everyone else who shares this planet with me.”

Would your affirmation make a difference?  It would indeed, and here’s why.  When you make such a statement, you are explaining to your Higher and lower levels of consciousness simultaneously, exactly what you want and why.  Your intuitive powers, will then kick in and show you, with great clarity, exactly when, where and how to accomplish your goal.

There is even Biblical support for the practice of making a simple choice, followed by small gestures in the direction of that choice. In Luke 16:10 it says:  “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.”

Does that mean you have to suddenly start to do things you really don’t much like to do, like separating your garbage into multiple recycling bins, starting a compost pile, buying a smaller car, riding your bicycle to work, having your home checked for energy leaks, carrying cloth bags to the super market and making contributions to save the polar bears?  No it does not, although those are all good thoughts.

fotolia © SergiyN

fotolia © SergiyNivens

Instead, you will receive your own inspired thoughts, your preferred means of contributing to a cleaner global environment, because it is now your intuition that is directing you and if you let it lead you, it will take you down some very interesting and enjoyable paths.

For instance, perhaps the sight of a lovely tree with its branches spread wide has always delighted your soul.  And maybe because of your deep down love for trees you see a television documentary or read an article that calls your attention to the fact that many trees, whole forests full in fact, are being destroyed. Replenishing trees on the planet then works for you as a very positive thing to do.  If you’re ambitious, you may start planting your own trees or you might simply choose to support a community tree planting project on Earth Day, or you decide to make a contribution to the Nature Conservatory in its goal to plant a billion trees throughout the entire world.

Once your consciousness is turned toward your choice to be a better planetary citizen, your small, everyday choices will begin to reflect that larger choice.  If an opportunity presents itself, you will select recycled paper products because you can, or you’ll be inspired to collect used blankets and towels for use in animal shelters. The thought might cross your mind as you start to get into your car and your neighbor does the same thing at the same time, to invite him or her to go grocery shopping with you to eliminate the need for two cars, driving to the same place, on the same day at the same time.  And you might even find yourself automatically turning the water off and on as you brush your teeth or opt for an ice cream cone instead of an ice cream cup, because the cone is consumable and the plastic cup is not.  Your consciousness, your choice.

Whenever any one of us is consistently faithful in small things, others tend to follow and then bigger things simply start to happen.

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