There is a thing, formless yet complete. Before heaven and earth it existed. Without sound, without substance, it stands alone and unchanging. It is all-pervading and unfailing. We do not know its name, but we call it Tao. .. Being one with nature, the sage is in accord with the Tao. —Lao Tzu
Despite recent good news on the writing front, I am constantly mired in fear and frustration that our human desire for more and more objects and consumption of objects (if only we understood objects the way the great Taoist poets did!) is utterly wrecking this home that hosts us for such a short time. As a result, I’ve scoured the web for eco-friendly resources, including ways to recycle typically unrecyclable trash (calculators, pens, etc.) and a calming discussion of climate change by my favorite Buddhist monk (wait, is that anti-Buddhist of me to pick favorites?), Thich Nhat Hanh.
- Ever wondered what to do with all those pens lacking ink? How about those corks for you winos (I’m not judging) or the diapers for all you young parents? And for those of us writers, we know we hate stockpiling empty ink cartridges but we don’t know the proper way to dispose of them, right? Enter Terra Cycle’s Outsmart Waste Brigades.
In other news, take a moment’s pause before reaching for that plastic water bottle. Sure, recycling’s great, but check out this graphic on The Life of a Water Bottle.
- And just as you were reading this, another species on earth went extinct (in fact, roughly 200,000 species go extinct each year due to human-related causes such as deforestation, pollution, climate change, etc. — a truly staggering statistic). The latest: the Hawaiian Lizard.
- Want to know more about your trash and where it goes after it leaves your hands? I did, so I checked out this CNBC investigation and video.
- Here’s a great organization, the Baum Foundation, that supports arts, education and the environment (and projects that combine all three aims!).
- Preserve offers the best toothbrushes ever (trust me, I’m picky) along with a range of other eco-friendly household products. Icing on the cake? They’re based in Waltham, Massachusetts, just a stone’s throw from my hometown.
- Finally, Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh answers questions on the ramifications of climate change, urbanization, and consumerism on society and the human spirit (FYI – suffer through the bad audio at the beginning, as it does improve at 5min 17sec). One question is ‘Can you strive for both financial riches and spirituality?’ Definitely worth a view — I’ve also embedded below.
*An update: I recently learned that my high school has gone ‘plastic water bottle free’! I love this idea. Here’s the link to the school’s announcement: http://www.exeter.edu/comm/8879_13234.aspx