Family as social and educational hubs changed. Parents stopped teaching their children because tutors and schools sprang up. Women stopped birthing at home because hospitals sprang up. Parents stopped cooking at home because restaurants sprang up (let me just point out here that I WHOLLY prefer someone else's cooking to my own and LOVE that restaurants even wash up.....but I digress). Parents stopped playing outside with their children because work, bills and physical fitness trainers sprang up.
Who used to look after environmental fitness before Government Departments sprang up? Families did! Mum and Dad taught their off spring about the seasons, about companion planting, about sustainability, and quite frankly, pre Industrial Era parents had neither the time or the toys to destroy the wider environment.
Environmental fitness needs YOU to be a leader again - a family leader. You need environmental fitness as a balanced leader. Stop passing the buck and thinking that it is the Governments job to look after the environment. The Government is but a reflection of her people. Is "her people" a mob of environmental buck passers????
My people are NOT environmental fitness buck passes. My people, my tribe, my beloved Junk Waveans are people who really care about environmental fitness. They take small actions, every day, at home, to display their commitment and their willingness to be leaders. Their leadership comes partly from banding together on The Junk Wave facebook page and sharing the little things they do to recycle and to keep plastics out of water and landfill. Their leadership comes from daring to be different and daring to re-place environmental fitness back into family life as a necessary function of safe living.
I am proud of The Junk Wave environmental leaders. The women I weave with, the women who attend my workshops, the people who seek consultancy and idea sharing on the reuse of waste as craft material: I am so proud of you and ever so grateful that I know you. THANK YOU.
You are each environmental leaders and environmental fitness instructors. Spread your skills - step into your leadership abilities and know that fitness (physical, mental, financial, social and environmental fitness) is within your reach.
Next time you reach for craft, think environmental fitness and go recycled 🙂