GRATITUDE FOR GOOD
A Blog by Gratitude Alliance
By Rachel Crowther (Reposted from The Gracias Foundation, now called Global Gratitude Alliance)
I was shocked by the recent report from the WWF that we had used the world’s resources for 2013 by 20th August. This made me think of the quote:
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”
It also reminded me of a facebook post that Gracias president Amy made during her trip to Kenya. Preparing to plant beans, maize, and potatoes to complement the sugar cane, paw paw trees, banana trees, avocado trees and kale on the Maisha farm, Mama Maisha said "Fertilizer is chemical. Chemical is bad. Manure is natural and good. Food taste better. Kids need to learn about agriculture!"
She is so right. Kids need to become closer to the earth and food production. We have access to natural fertilisers at local garden centres, such as chicken poo which comes sterilised in big tubs. We can also grow things, from a small-scale herb box on a window ledge or tomatoes in a window box to a vegetable garden. It’s a fun project, we can get our kids involved, the produce tastes great and we create a bit less waste packaging because we don’t need to buy what we grow from the supermarket.
I had also never heard of kale until my son chopped and ate it when visiting Maisha earlier this year. Suddenly, I’m reading about it everywhere, it’s a super food with more vitamin C than an orange, an omega 3 fatty acid, calcium and lots of other good, healthy stuff. So it’s a great addition to our diet too.
Let’s also follow the example of putting what we have to good use. In Maisha’s case it’s access to quality manure including poo from the Maisha goats. In our case it’s items we don’t use or need any more. With this in mind, we recently organised an item swap, where donated goods were taken by others in return for a donation to the Gracias Foundation. Our experiment in recycling and giving kept a few items from landfill, and raised funds for our partner projects, including Maisha, our inspirational partner.
WWF Earth Overshoot Day
Nutritional value of kale, Huffington Post