The Current Health Crisis: Tip for Sustainable Living

Therefore strive that your actions day by day
may be beautiful prayers.
……………………………………—‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Monthly tips about sustainable living are designed to inspire you to adapt them to your personal circumstances and locale and to help you generate other ideas about how to live a more responsible life, socially and environmentally. If we all pitch in by individually reducing our consumption and adopting a simpler life, we can collectively mitigate the severity of climate change, reduce human suffering, and keep the Earth a livable place for future generations.—CHRISTINE MULLER

The Current Health Crisis and a Different Tip than Usual (April, 2020)

Every choice a Bahá’í makes … leaves a trace, and the moral duty to lead a coherent life
demands that one’s economic decisions be in accordance with lofty ideals, that the purity
of one’s aims be matched by the purity of one’s actions to fulfil those aims.

………………….—Universal House of Justice, 1 March 2017

Garden at Bahji, Israel where the shrine of Baha'u'llah is located

Gardens at Bahji, Israel, where the shrine of Baha’u’llah is located.

Within one month, the daily habits of people around the world have profoundly changed because of a dangerous virus. This proves that we humans have the capacity for fundamental change – but only if we truly realize a threat. We also learned how important it is to listen to science. Now, scientists have told us for a long time how urgent climate action is. The suffering and number of deaths caused by the coronavirus will pale compared to the suffering caused by climate disruption. We do have the knowledge about how to avert a climate catastrophe with fundamental changes in our energy, food, and transportation systems as well as with adopting a more simple lifestyle (see previous tips in this newsletter). The real problem is the lack of will. The tip of the month is to think about how we can promote actions to address the climate crisis with the same determination and effectiveness as when combating the coronavirus. This will save many lives and, most likely, even human civilization.

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PAST TIPS BY CATEGORIES

Food
Why Eat Organic?
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Considering Social Justice in Making Food Choices
Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap!
Eat Less Beef
Eat Food that is in Season
Avoid Food Waste

Home
Air Conditioning and Moderation
Avoid Plastics
Avoid Single-Use (Disposable) Items
Buy Clean Energy
Cherish your old cell phones and computers!
Clean Safely—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your House
Do a Home Energy Audit!
Go Solar!
Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry for the Children of the World
Programmable Thermostats
Properly Dispose of Electronic Waste
Recycle Right!
Save Money, Save the Planet by Insulating Your House
Search as Service on the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)
Shower Less—Cleanliness in the 21st Century
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
What is clean? How often should I wash my clothes?

Yard
Do Not Kill—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your Garden and Yard
Ethical and Easy Lawns
The Bees and We
The Joy of Gardening

Transportation
Car Pool

Do Not Idle Your Vehicle
Let’s Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings
Use a local Car-Share Service

Shopping
Avoid Excessive Packaging
Buy Second-Hand Clothing
Choose Reusable Shopping Bags

Purchase Mindfully—Do I Really Need it?
Save and Reuse your Produce Bags
Shop Locally, Support Local Agriculture
Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk

General/Spiritual Solutions
The Current Health Crisis and a Different Tip than Usual (April, 2020)

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