Sustainable gardening was a big thing back in the sixties and early seventies back then it was part of the back to the land movement. Many of the ideas and concepts that were hatched back then are in use today, but by way to few people I am afraid. The idea may seem like a big bother to many who just want to go to the store and pick up some groceries and take them home. The idea of picking up the phone and an hour latter having a hot meal delivered to your door is an everyday occurrence. There is nothing wrong with this except the parts we are not thinking about daily eventually will rear it’s ugly head and then where will the people on this planet be? In order for you to go to the grocery store and pick up food and bring it home the food will have had to be grown or manufactured,then packaged, then transported to the distribution center, then to the store. All of this takes energy lots and lots of energy. This energy unfortunately is mostly from fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are not an unending tap in fact each year we use more and more yet we give none of it back so someday the tap will be dry.
Really how often do you really worry about where the gasoline to run cars and trucks and boats is going to come from on a daily basis? How often on a weekly or monthly basis does this concern cross your mind. Most people may be aware of this but they leave it up to others to find a solution because they have many other things to worry about. The problem is as technology arises that will help to alleviate some of these things it does mean that some trade off is necessary. Wind turbines sit and spin and harvest energy they do not pollute and are a clean source of power. A big factor in holding back on this technology are people that live near these proposed wind farms. They don’t like them because they spoil the view. Well there is a trade off and if people can not see the long range and are only worried about themselves and not about future generations well then I think it is time for them to get a major attitude adjustment. That is not only selfish and greedy it should be immoral.
Enough on the soapbox and back to what you can do. If you can spend time each week pursuing a recreational activity like camping, or jogging, or painting, or dancing, or watching a particular television show, then you should be able to find a little time to start thinking about the future of the world. You are a steward of the planet just like everyone else the question is are you responsible or irresponsible. Growing your own vegetables and recycling, composting, and using green technology may seem like a big bother now but at some point if everyone does not wake up and pitch in then it will simply become a matter of survival. Start a garden in your back yard or on your porch or balcony. Maybe you can not provide all the food you need but you can grow some and that is far less that needs to be transported hundreds of miles. Help a neighbor learn to garden. Start a community garden to help feed those who are in need. Teach those in need to help grow in the community garden and that will help to grow the whole community. There are many things we as stewards of the earth can do, even if we are not here to see the consequence of our in actions one of our great great grand kids may have to pay the price. Is that the legacy we want to leave?