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The Greenest of Communities

Updated on September 3, 2013

Growing Green

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Green

What do you think of when you hear the word green? Well, let's take a look and see what Wikipedia has to say about it.

1.) "Green is a color."

But we already knew that.

2.) "The word green is closely related to the Old English verb growan , “to grow”. "Green is also associated with regeneration, fertility and rebirth for its connections to nature"

So even though we go around talking about being "green", we aren't talking about the color but about connections to nature. The community of nature. We don't think of nature as a community but it is.


Community

Here is what wikipedia has to say about community:

1.) In biological terms, a community is a group of interacting species sharing a populated environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

2.) In sociology-- Traditionally a "community" has been defined as a group of interacting people living in a common location. The word is often used to refer to a group that is organized around common values and is attributed with social cohesion within a shared geographical location, generally in social units larger than a household. The word can also refer to the national community or global community.

In any case our world is a community. Each community no matter what size or function affects the others. If one is unable to function as it should it will mess up the balance of another and so on.


Clean vs Green

Scientists are now realizing the damage we have been causing by using so much anti-bacterial soaps and disinfectants. It is wreaking havoc on our health. When you are killing good bacteria as well as the bad, you are destroying a wonderful little community. Messing up the balance of nature. This is not very green, nor is it very healthy, for the planet or for any of its living organisms.

People have started to have more allergies, get sick more often, and are less immune to diseases. Several insects are becoming resistant to pesticides and others are dying off unable to perform their natural duties. The cycle of life is not quite circular anymore, it's turned into an odd sort of oblong shape and is in threat of leaving gaps where the links are broken.

Is it worth giving up our precious cycle to get rid of what we personally do not like? In the long run we are getting rid of ourselves with this behavior.

Rich Soil

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Green Dirt -- The Skin of the Earth

"Dirt the skin of the Earth -- what things grow from." In Dirt! The Movie, it is expressed over and over how dirt is the skin of the Earth. The top few layers of soil from which everything grows. Some even consider dirt to be our mother and father. Others believe we ourselves have come from the dirt. It is even in the Bible stated as, "from dirt to dirt," or "ashes to ashes." We come from dirt and return to dirt. We could be considered compost. Being put back into the earth to renew it, enrich it, make it more fruitful.

After all the microorganisms that live in the dirt are what makes it so potent and alive. Each tiny being doing it's own chore to create a rich soil full of vitamins and minerals to feed the plants. The plants in turn die in their time and feed the organisms. Just as we take the plants for our nourishment, then give back to the ground what we do not need, including our bodies when we leave this temporary vessel.

We are All and All are We

If we are dirt, if we come from dirt, then when we mistreat dirt we mistreat ourselves. We are each a part of a whole. We are crawling with tiny little microorganisms ourselves. We have the demodex mite that lives in the eyelashes, and bacteria that live in our mouths, and intestines as well as many other parts of our bodies. One article I read entitled, Your Body is a Planet, goes into a bit of detail on this subject. The author, Josie Glausiusz, refers to our bodies as a walking ecosystem.

An ecosystem or a community of creatures living together in a shared goal. Everything in nature shares a goal. Everything that is besides humans! We have difficulty "seeing the forest for the trees," as it has been said for centuries. We see only what directly affects our happiness at that moment. But we need to see it the way the Native Americans used to. Open our eyes and see how everything we do is in direct relation to all. It is your life but it is my life too. It is the wolf's life, it is the eagle's life, it is the mouse's life, it is the roach's life, which is all our lives. Like the "Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," it is all a chain-reaction, the circle of life.

Earthships

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The Green Community of an Earthship

Architect/Garbage Warrior Michael Reynolds has been spending years trying to produce green communities. Not only a community of people but a community in the way you live. Houses that are their own communities as well. A home that is made of recycled materials, that also recycles to sustain itself. Which lives in harmony with nature as well as mankind.

These homes collect rain water and are solar and wind powered. You grow your own food and heat your home with a greenhouse entryway. Your water is filtered and recycled four times. Living in an ecosystem somewhat like nature had intended.

Rebuilding Community

We don't have to live in Earthships to make a change although it would take a significant load off the Earth if we did. There are also Passivhauses and ways to make your current house more eco-friendly.

Let's rebuild our community with nature. Let's rebuild our lives. We can enrich them by giving back to the earth. Not by piling junk up on top of her but replenishing her with the vital elements that make up a community-- a green community!

Let's make ours the greenest of communities!

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      Darlene Yager 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you, vocalcoach! I got the part of dirt being the skin of the Earth from, "Dirt! the movie" It is very educational. Amazing concept, to think that we are made of the same stuff as the dirt. My kids used to tease me because I told them I believed that rocks were living beings. Maybe I am crazy but I think that the energy is in all things and to me this is God!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Magnificent hub! I particularly liked this "Dirt the skin of the Earth, etc." I had never thought of dirt this way. I consider myself an advocate of Green Living but now realize after reading your fabulous hub, I have a long way to go. I will read the above links and look forward to becoming more educated. Thank you for a well written and very informative hub. You are a great lady!

    • Dardia profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Yager 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks, Modern Mom!

      I have been dreaming about having an Earthship too. I don't think I'll ever stop unless for some wonderful turn of events that allows me to have one! :)

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      ModernMom 

      8 years ago from United States

      Wonderful hub! I've been fantasizing about having my own Earthship since I first read about them 5 years ago. Thank you for a great read!

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      Darlene Yager 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you pmccray,

      If you watch Dirt! the movie, you will respect it so much more. It tells how we are made of the same matter as dirt. It is quite fascinating.

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      pmccray 

      8 years ago from Utah

      Excellent hub. I've developed an new respect for dirt and it's importance to the survival of mankind. Voted up, marked useful, awesome and shared.

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      Darlene Yager 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Jen, if I ever get one I will make sure there is a room for you!

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      jennyjenny 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

      Great Hub Dar! When you guys get one, don't forget my room, ok? :) Very informative and awesome! Once again, my friend you have bestowed upon me the knowledge of your world...You Rock! :)

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      Darlene Yager 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      You are welcome, Lilly! I have been wanting one ever since my son showed me one and explained how they work. I think they are brilliant and unique, works of art as well as an eco-friendly way to live.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      I am a big Fan of EarthShips Biotechure! Thank you for presenting this Hub about EarthShips.

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