One thing I truly take pride in as a woman is looking after my family from the inside and making sure our home is a warm, happy one.
The past few months I’ve also been taking a personal journey of learning towards nurturing and looking after an even bigger home – Earth. Our planet and at this point, our only home. For many years it has nurtured mankind, been built on and its resources used, though as I’ve discussed recently with materialism and greed, it was not used wisely enough.
Now, I’m a staunch conservative and I’m no Greenie – it is just about common sense. If I want to look after my house as a woman, why wouldn’t I want to look after where my house is? Where my children’s house will be and their children’s children? One thing I have found (in my general experience) is that the conservative side doesn’t shine too much light onto conservation and care for the Earth (see the vague pun?).
Left or right, we all live in this world and though this is a jaded way to look at it, we need to keep it going and take care of it, if we want to keep having somewhere to live and debate!
So far, the more Liberal Left have been better at being aware of environmental issues and looking after our planet and not so much from the Right. Yes, some of their research or solutions may sometimes be misguided (think vegan protests!), though they’re still way ahead.
I have always found this odd since the Traditional Right has its roots in more olden days where families were indeed more environmentally-friendly due to the way they consumed less, used more and were increasingly content with that. That being said, consumerism and too much materialism has heavily affected everyone.
It is for these reasons I’ve taken a more considerate approach towards what I use and consume. Aside from the materialism/consumerism I stand against, I now also follow a more environmental approach. The best way to start change is within yourself and your lifestyle. If you are a homemaker, this is even more important since this is a larger scale form of homemaking. Earth is home, thus it deserves our womanly care and nurturing too (of course everyone should too, it is a team effort).
Think about your carbon footprint and how much you reuse your things. How much waste you can generate. How much you use plastic. If you are a Domestic Woman who lives simply and frugally, you may be already doing this to an extent as well, though there’s no harm in making more informed choices within your home.
Don’t worry- I’m not going vegan. I’m also not dyeing my hair rainbow and drinking kombucha all day. I’m also not marching on the streets screaming at people for eating meat. I’m still doing what I do, teaching, homemaking, crafting. I’m just doing certain things with a bit more care for the environment.
This is not just about sides anymore. This is about doing what you can, as an individual to look after the biggest home of them all.
Stay tuned and I’ll soon have a following post on easy, applicable tips on how to be an Earth-friendly Homemaker!