Love and Protect Our HOME
The Home Project a.k.a HOME (2009) is an excellent movie by French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. It is a documentary composed of aerial shots of various places around Earth. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his team travelled around the planet for 18 months, to more than fifty countries to make this film.
HOME touches me and raises my awareness to be a more responsible resident on Earth. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live to slowdown the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate. Our next generations will suffer if we do not act now. HOME will help us spread the message around the world.
HOME is a non-profit film sponsored by the PPR Group and distributed free of charge by EuropaCorp.
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Lead an Eco Friendly Lifestyle
There are many ways for us to increase the level of eco friendliness of our lifestyle. Here are some pointers we can use to reduce our carbon footprints. Some to these tips also lead us to a healthier way of living.
Walk or cycle. Reduce the usage of vehicles that consume air-polluting fuel whenever possible. You do not need to sell your car, instead try to carpool or use mass public transportation whenever possible. Walking can provide exercise while saving money. Shop locally can avoid the waste of materials and fuel involved in shipping by purchasing locally and bringing items straight home.
Eat less meat and eat more vegetables and fruits. More land has been used for farming to produce meat than to produce plant products. We need to reduce our demand for meat.
Be particular about the fish you eat. Large scale commercial fishing activities have negatively affected the ocean ecosystems. We need to increase demand for plant product and reduce demand for meat.
Although health food may cost relatively high, the health food stores have bulk bins and bulk spices which use less packaging and being offered at lower price.
Recycle, reuse things from your home. Work with your local waste management company to properly dispose of these materials such as paper, plastics, etc. Reduce the usage of plastic bags and wrappers.
Refrain from taking notes in notebooks. Cut up used paper and take note on the back of the paper. Recycle the paper after both sides have been written on. Take short notes on your mobile phone or PDA. This will keep your notes in one place and you can delete the notes when you do not need them.
Reduce the amount of garbage. Create a compost pile or bin. Toss in the bio-degradable scraps such as fruit and vegetable scraps instead of throwing those items in your garbage. The compost pile can be used for your garden and landscape plantings.
Reuse broken items creatively. Think twice before throwing something away. Try to donate and find a better home for your unwanted items.
Wear earth-friendly clothing and accessories. More and more clothing labels incorporate natural and recycled fibers which are produce organically and without pesticides, for example organic cotton and silk. Environmental friendly accessories are created by using low-impact materials such as sustainable woods like bamboo. Shopping for vintage or antique clothing, linens and accessories that can be purchased at second-hand is also and excellent way to reuse and reduce.
Furnish your home with green products. Choose products that are manufactured using renewable resources, such as reclaimed plastic, non toxic dyes and stains. Use low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint to beautify your home.
There are many green, energy-saving appliances designed to conserve water and energy available in the market. Higher demand for these appliances will drive the prices down, hence increase their affordability. We should influence the manufacturers to become more environmental friendly.