“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito,” African Proverb.
I grew up in Africa, on the shores of the Indian Ocean, under the stars of the Southern Hemisphere. My childhood was spent barefoot with my toes in the deeply rich, red soil or running my fingers through the silken white beach sands. But the thing I liked most was the animals; they were everywhere!
Monkeys visited my garden every day. There were great whites in the ocean, hippos in the river and an owl which lived at the bottom of the garden and once spent an entire evening on the back of a chair in the living room before swooping soundlessly out of the door through which he had entered.
As I got older, things changed. Garbage littered the once-pristine beaches, droughts and floods caused by climate change decimated crops and the great whites and hippos are hunted nearly to extinction. The owl was gone, although I can’t say where.
They say the opposite of love is evil, but in my experience its idleness. So I decided to get busy and help people to live a greener life that is in keeping with their own truths. Love, eat well, respect nature and visit her often, love animals of all sizes and be profoundly kind to each other. These are the tenants I live by.
People really want to be good and green and kind, but sometimes they just need someone to remind them where, how and why. That’s why I started greenmoxie.com.
There an African proverb that says: If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito.” Each person can make a difference. You can make a difference to your planet, your country, your community or your backyard and together, we can change the world.
My Green Life
Every month I do one green thing. Sometimes these changes are big, like giving up my car, and sometimes they’re small like putting a recycling bin in my kitchen. Other times they can be really fun like making upcycled things for my home. My challenge to you: Choose just one thing from all the suggestions to add to your green life every month.
DIY Green: Every month we show you how to make upcycled gifts, household items and other essentials from things you already have.
Green Home: Make your own deodorant, cleaning and beauty products with the tips and tricks you learn in Green Home. Green Home helps you to live leaner and greener while making your home a healthier environment for you and your family.
Green Living: Tips on how to live a greener life that uses less energy and helps to save you money too.
Green Recipes: Get great recipes for healthy dishes, delicious drinks and sumptuous desserts.
Random Acts of Kindness: Great opportunities for you to be kind to each other and to yourselves.