Helping Our Planet Earth

by

Margaret Merrison

One of the reasons that we have incarnated in a physical world is to learn to develop a balance between our physical and spiritual aspects. Therefore to heal the planet we not only need to put the spiritual things into place, but we also need to put the physical into place as well. 

  

Our wonderful World is undergoing massive changes by raising its energies very rapidly. Although, humans have raised their energy vibrations and become much kinder to each other and animals over the last 100 years, this cannot be said for how we treat our beautiful world on a physical level. We extract coal, oil, gas, stone, crystals etc. from deep within her, which depletes her energy, especially the loss of her crystals. We also cut down her trees and vegetation, use harmful pesticides and fertilisers on her soil and plants, emit harmful gasses into her atmosphere, reduce her aura with the soup of man-made electro-magnetic energy from electrical goods, mobile telephones and other wireless equipment and dump rubbish and toxic waste within her land and oceans.  

  

It is now time to stop and allow our Earth to build up her energy so that she can play her integral part in evolution and shine her magnificent light into the Universe. We need to change our way of life to planet consciousness and we need to start the process NOW.

  

Helping the planet in a spiritual way is the easy part. We simply ask the angels, unicorns or whatever higher beings that we resonate with for their help on a regular basis.  One of the most simple but effective prayers is: "Please can you help the people of the world to love, nurture and respect our Earth, especially leaders and governments, so that she can shine as the high vibrational planet that she is meant to be." When this is said at least once a day by many people, it will be very powerful and make a huge difference to our world.

  

Some of the main physical ways of helping our planet are cutting the use of fossil fuels by not flying, not buying plastic goods and, instead, buying eco-friendly goods. We must stop taking our planet’s energies by ceasing to buy crystals so that the demand for mining them diminishes. Other things we can do is plant trees and sign petitions to stop deforestation, reuse, recycle and use our mobile phones less or, better still, just keep them for emergencies only, as the man-made electromagnetic energies they produce deplete our auras and that of our planet. We must grow and eat local foods and obtain as many goods and services as we can from local suppliers to cut down on transportation. We should conserve fuel (gas, oil, coal, etc.) and fresh water, or better still install renewable energy in our homes or communities.

  

Physical Ways to Help Our Planet Earth

To follow is a list that will help us to help our planet in a physical way with contact details of organisations that will provide further help at the end. It needs to become a way of life for everybody and it will help us to live in a self-sufficient way with as little damage to the planet and us as possible. We will be living in a cleaner less polluted environment and so become much healthier. 

Personal

Chemicals

Creams, lotions, soaps, bath and shower gels, make-up, toothpaste and other toiletries contain a wealth of petroleum-based chemicals that are damaging our health and depleting the earth’s resources of oil. Where possible choose natural cruelty-free products, but remember that the skin produces its own natural oils and can look clear and beautiful without artificial preparations. We have been conditioned by the big cosmetic companies to believe that we need to buy products to make us look beautiful and healthy. You may also like to grow and prepare your own personal products. Reading Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong will show you how.

  

Food

When buying food consider:

  • How the food was produced, including the fuel for tractors and machinery, animal welfare, type of fishing etc.
  • How it got to you, including what happened to it along the way. For example, green bananas come into many countries and are ripened by ethylene gas pumped around them before they are transported to the supermarkets and shops.
  • How it is packaged. It takes energy to produce packaging as well as recycling or disposing of it. Try to choose paper packaging, which is biodegradable, rather than plastic, or use your own bags, which can be washed and used again.

Ultimately, try to eat organic, seasonal, fresh local produce and reduce the consumption of processed food. Rather than go to the supermarket, which imports a lot of the food, use local farmers’ markets, local vegetable box schemes, grow your own or forage for wild food. For further information about foraging, read Food for Free by Richard Mabey. If you grow your own fruit and vegetables, also think about keeping some chickens or ducks for eggs, soil fertility and reducing garden pests and predators.

  

Medical Needs

Hopefully the community that you live in will have doctors, nurses and therapists living within it. Many of the medical drugs that we currently use are oil based, so think about growing some plants that can help with minor medical conditions, as this is how our ancestors treated ailments. However, please take the medicines that your doctor prescribes. For more information read Grow Your Own Drugs by James Wong.


Clothes

Most clothes are made from oil-based synthetic fibres, so try buying natural wool or linen that has been grown, spun or woven in the country you live. Rather than buying new, you may be able to repair or alter clothes you have not worn recently. Alternatively, charity shops can have some really lovely bargains.

  

Home

When suggestions are made, the cheapest options are listed first in each section. All suggestions will save your energy consumption, greenhouse emissions and money.

General Suggestions for the Home

  • Get the whole family involved in greening your home and make it fun.
  • Reuse or recycle everything you can, either yourself or via your council’s recycling services.
  • Consider joining a recycling scheme such as Freecycle or Freegle. If you have an unwanted item you can advertise it on the Internet. Likewise, if something that you want is advertised you can even get it for free.
  • If you have a lot of unwanted items, e.g. if you are moving or downsizing, think about having a stall at a car boot sale or a garage sale.
  • Change to a green energy supplier. Good Energy is currently the only one hundred per cent renewable energy supplier in the UK.
  • Install photovoltaic solar panels for electricity or thermal solar panels for hot water. If you live in a windy area you may want to consider a wind turbine. In the UK, there are government schemes such as Feed-in Tariffs (FITS) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to help finance these projects.
  • If building a new house or having an extension built, buy natural, renewable, eco-friendly materials, as well as considering the embodied energy in the building materials. The embodied energy of a material is made up of energy used in both the manufacture of the product as well as transporting it to the site. For example, wood has very little embodied energy if it is grown locally, but if it comes from another country the embodied energy of the transportation will be high. It is, therefore, best to build with local materials. Think about the pollution of the materials used in the building. Make sure your building is well insulated with natural fibres, such as wool or recycled materials. Think about the design and try to trap as much heat in the building from the sun as you can with the use of glass in the south facing walls, this is called passive solar heating. Think about the heating system and using renewable fuel.

  

Lighting

  • Turn off lights when they are not being used.
  • Use beeswax or pure vegetable oil candles, such as soya or palm wax, because most candles are made from paraffin oil, which pollutes the atmosphere and can cause cancers if used regularly every day. Natural wax and vegetable oil candles give a wonderful atmosphere in the room and they do not smell like the paraffin oil candles when extinguished. If you have a large garden, you may like to think about getting some bees to make your own. Bees will also pollinate your fruit and vegetable flowers and give you honey, but do not take all of the bees’ honey, because they need it for their immune systems.
  • If lights need to be left on outside at night or for security, buy a motion detector, so that the light only comes on for a minute or so when movement is detected by the sensor.
  • Consider buying light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. They are very efficient and have very long lives. They are also good for running off 12-volt batteries, if considering off-grid electricity. Low energy light bulbs (compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) emit a high electromagnetic field, which is damaging to our own and the earth’s aura; however, they do cut down on pollution and greenhouse gas production.
  • If you have a dark area in your house, consider installing light tubes in the ceiling. These reflect and refract natural light from outside, so making the area surprisingly bright.

  

Heating

  • Turn the heating down a degree or two and put on warm clothes (several layers are better than one thick one). Install automatic timer switches on heaters.
  • Close curtains, but not in front of radiators, at dusk to keep the heat in and the cold out. Hang full-length curtains over outside doors. Consider installing blinds for double insulation with curtains.
  • Install or increase loft insulation.
  • Install cavity wall insulation if it is not already in the cavity of your walls.
  • Install double glazing if it is not already fitted.
  • Consider installing a masonry or ceramic heater/stove. These use less wood fuel and reuse the unburnt gases, so that there is much less pollution.
  • If you have a lot of land, grow trees for coppicing and using in a log burner or masonry heater. Willow and poplar trees grow fast and are excellent for short rotation coppicing. When we coppice, we cut the tree but leave a large stump in the ground which sends out shoots and grows again. This does not kill the tree and is self-sustainable, because it can be cut again in a few years’ time.
  • If building a new dwelling, install large south-facing windows to trap the sun and the heat. Plant deciduous trees near south facing windows to block the heat from the sun in the summer with the leaves and so cool the house, but with the leaves gone in the winter the sun’s heat will be available.
  • Also, if building new, consider installing ground or air source heat pumps, which use the heat in the surrounding area, but remember that these pumps use electricity.

Chemicals

Avoid the use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are a class of carbon-based gaseous contaminants that release carbon dioxide. They can be found in the following wide range of home products:

  • Solvents used in lacquers, adhesives, waxes, cleaning agents, cosmetics, paints, paint removers and leather finishes.
  • Phenols found in household disinfectants, antiseptics, perfumes, mouthwashes, polishes, waxes, glues and air fresheners.
  • Aerosol sprays propelled by propane, butane and nitrous oxide gases.
  • Permanent press fabrics, polyesters and most synthetic materials.
  • Pesticides, disinfectants, pet collars and plant food.
  • Fire retardants in electrical equipment.

Houseplants such as spider plants, rubber tree plants, Boston ferns, English ivy and aloe vera help to absorb VOCs.
 
One of the worst chemical offenders in home products is formaldehyde, because the gas evaporates over a period of time. It is a carcinogen (causes cancers) and can also cause menstrual disorders, chronic headaches and memory lapses. Formaldehyde is found in some composite boards, such as hardboard and oriented strand board (sterling board), some carpets, household furnishings, permanent press clothes, paints, waxes, polishes, glues, adhesives, moulded plastics, insecticides, fumigants, disinfectants, deodorants, germicidal soaps, cosmetics, shampoos, nail hardeners, mouthwashes, antiperspirants, household cleaning products and water heaters.
If you must use chemicals, make sure the house is well ventilated, store them away from food and, if possible, away from human habitation in a shed or garage. Wear protective clothing when using them; if it smells nasty then it generally is nasty, and never eat food while working with chemicals.


Everyday Household Products

Instead of using chemical products look around for some natural products, which can be found in health food shops. However, you may like to make your own from natural ingredients as follows:

  • Grow pennyroyal as a flea repellent.
  • Use citrus oils as fly repellents.
  • Grow mint to repel ants. Soak fresh peppermint in water and decant into a sprayer or just lay fresh sprigs of mint on windowsills and doorways.
  • Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) cleans up after acidic stains and works as a mild abrasive, shines metalware, unclogs and cleans drains, cuts through grease and deodorises. Use as a powder or in a solution.
  • Cream of tartar, when made into a paste, is good for scrubbing cookware.
  • Fresh lemon juice bleaches, disinfects, deodorises and cuts through grease.
  • Salt (sodium chloride) is a natural scrubbing agent.
  • Soda water cleans glass and wine spills on carpets.
  • Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is good for cutting through grease in washing. The best way to eliminate grease is to put the washing into the machine with the washing soda. Turn the machine on to let it fill up with water and agitate a couple of times. Then turn it off and let it soak for at least a couple of hours, but preferably eight. Then turn the machine back on and wash in the normal way.
  • Pure soap flakes, not a commercial brand, for removing grease from dishes and clothes.
  • White distilled vinegar deodorises, bleaches, cuts through grease and removes stains.

In some cases, two natural cleansers are very effective if used together. For example, baking soda and distilled vinegar in toilets. For more information read Green Cleaning for Dummies.


Cooking

  • Only boil as much water as you need in an electric kettle, but always make sure that the element is covered. Use any leftover water from the kettle, although there should not be much, for boiling vegetables, eggs etc.
  • Do not preheat an oven, but let food heat up with it. Also, turn it off a few minutes before it has finished cooking, so the residual heat finishes it off. Use glass or ceramic dishes or trays in the oven for more efficient cooking. Bake dishes simultaneously in the oven to cut down on oven use.
  • Put lids on saucepans to maintain the heat and use less energy. Match the pan to the size of the heating element so that no heat escapes around the edges. Boil vegetables together or use a tiered steamer to reduce the number of burners/hot plates used.
  • Use a pressure cooker for shorter cooking times.

  

Water

  • Put the plug in the sink/basin or use a bowl when washing and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
  • Shower instead of having a bath and wash instead of having a shower, when possible.
  • When running a hot tap, save the cold water that comes out before it gets hot in a jug or bottle. Also, save the waste water from the washing up and bath water. Use it for flushing the toilet, watering the house plants or watering the garden.
  • Use a bowl for washing up and preparing vegetables and wash up once a day.
  • Only use the washing machine and/or dishwasher when they are full, or use the half-load/economy programme and the lowest temperature setting available.
  • Wash the car using a bucket or two of water instead of a hose, but ideally use rainwater instead of mains water.
  • Use a watering can to water the garden instead of a hose, but, ideally, use rainwater harvested from run-off from roofs of the house and outbuildings collected in a water butt installed on downpipes.
  • Repair dripping taps.
  • Do not buy bottled water, because of the energy used in producing and disposing of the bottles and transportation. The quality of bottled water is not guaranteed and chemicals from the plastic bottle leach into the water. It is best to use the mains supply with filter jugs or install a filtration system.
  • Install water-saving devices in toilet cisterns.
  • Insulate hot water pipes, especially those between the boiler and the hot water cylinder, if you have one. Install automatic timers on immersion heaters and other devices so that they can be used intermittently.
  • Install a greywater recycle system by plumbing the waste pipes from your bath, shower, sink and basins through a filter to an outside tank. This water can be used in the garden and is good for plants, as it usually contains nitrogen and phosphorus.
  • If you are lucky enough to have a well, spring or stream on your property, consider using this water instead of the mains water for flushing the toilet, watering the garden or washing cars. Also, think about getting it tested for suitability as drinking water.
  • Consider installing a water-saving toilet or even a dry composting toilet. Many compost toilets separate the liquid from the solid. The liquid can be mixed roughly in proportions of 1 to 10 with greywater from the sink, basin, bath or rainwater and used as a nitrogen-rich fertiliser for the garden. The solid waste, when kept in a container that has air passing over it or is stirred regularly, decomposes over 6 to 12 months to form compost for the garden. By this time the pathogens are said to become harmless.
  • Install a solar water heating system. These solar panels contain tubes of water that heat up with the warmth of the sun and are a totally different system to the photovoltaic solar panels that produce electricity. Government financial help may be available through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in the UK.
  • Install a large water tank underground for rainwater run-off for flushing toilets, washing clothes, watering the garden, washing the car and/or fit a UV or other filter for drinking water. To be totally environmentally friendly, the water can be pumped up with human power using a converted bicycle!

  

Appliances

As appliances use vast amounts of energy and/or water, have the minimal number of labour saving and leisure devices and use them wisely as follows:

  • Do not leave appliances on standby and turn off and unplug all electrical appliances when not in use.
  • Do not charge mobile phones or rechargeable batteries for longer than necessary.
  • Use the washing machine only when you have a full load and use the coldest wash possible for your clothes. Let the sun and wind dry the washing outside, or use an airer inside if the weather is inclement, and only use a tumble dryer if essential. Only iron when you absolutely need to.
  • Do not overcrowd your fridge, because the air cannot move around and the machinery has to work harder. Do not leave the door of the fridge open for longer than is needed. Cover all foods in the fridge, as uncovered food releases moisture, which turns into ice, so leading to inefficiency. If your fridge does not automatically defrost, then defrost it regularly, as it will use less energy when there is no ice.
  • Use a carpet sweeper instead of a vacuum cleaner.
  • Use wind-up torches instead of battery operated ones, because all dry batteries contain harmful carcinogenic (causes cancers) metals which form hazardous waste.
  • Use a laptop computer instead of a desktop, because it uses less power.
  • When buying new appliances, think about the embodied energy, which is the energy used in manufacture and transport, as well as the energy the appliance uses when it is running. When replacing appliances, consider the energy of keeping the old appliance running against the energy of disposing of the old appliance, the embodied energy of the new appliance and the running energy of the new appliance. When replacing electrical goods, buy energy-saving models.

  

Garden

  • Choose plants that are hardy, suited to your growing conditions, need less watering and are more pest resistant, because of the extremes of weather predicted with climate change.
  • Make your own compost from garden, vegetable and fruit waste, dust and paper. Neat urine watered over the composting material every week aids the composting process.
  • Use fresh urine as a nitrogen-rich fertiliser by mixing 1 to 10 parts with water, preferably with rainwater or greywater from the house. Urine is pure when it is first excreted and only smells and starts to generate ammonia when it is exposed to air.
  • Do not use sprinklers from the mains, but use a watering can or irrigation system from rainwater or greywater from the house. Water the garden in the cool of the evening so that the plants have a chance to absorb the water overnight before it evaporates.
  • Do not fertilise your lawn. This saves on costly production and transportation of fertilisers as well as energy cutting the grass. As lawns use a lot of energy with electric or motor mowers, consider using a hand mower, digging it up to grow vegetables or making it into a wildlife area.
  • Grow your own food. Seeds and plants will cost a bit of money in the first year, but, in future years, save seeds or swap some, as well as plants, with other gardeners. Avoid using hybrid seeds for seed saving.
  • Consider growing vegetables in flower beds for more biodiversity. Some vegetables look really good. Think about companion planting to help your plants assist each other to grow well. Read Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte. Think about decoy planting so that the pests will eat these plants instead of your crops, these include nasturtiums and marigolds for black fly and nettles for caterpillars. Think about providing habitats for pest predators by growing marigolds, fennel, sweet cicely and angelica for the flying predators and leave leaf litter, rocks, stones and a pond for the lizards and frogs.
  • Call on and talk to higher beings and nature spirits to help you tend your plants and help with your garden.
  • Have respect for all energies in your garden, not only the plant energies, but also ley and energy lines, as well as the creatures and birds that live there.
  • Consider mulching and no-dig methods to improve the soil.
  • Grow your plants with respect for the microclimates in your growing area. For example, do not put a sun-loving plant in the shadow of a building.
  • If you have a small garden and want to grow vegetables do not forget your vertical space. Layer your plants with hanging baskets (for strawberries or tomatoes) or use climbing plants such as runner beans. If you want more growing space, think about getting an allotment, or you may like to start a community garden with some land that your council is not using.
  • If buying compost, make sure it is organic and peat free.
  • Buy a wormery to make liquid plant food from kitchen waste.
  • Use solar lights in the garden.
  • Use raised beds for better drainage for vegetables.


Transport

Motorised transport obviously contributes to the greenhouse effect, especially air and road transport. Planes emit twice as much carbon dioxide per passenger mile as cars and four times as much as trains. They also emit nitrogen and sulphur oxides into the higher atmosphere, which have three times the greenhouse effect that they would have done had they been emitted at ground level. Nitrous oxide on the ground has an effect of over one hundred times that of carbon dioxide and stays in the atmosphere for a very long time. Airlines fail to mention the nitrogen and sulphur oxides that planes emit and try to play down the carbon dioxide emissions.
 
Road vehicles use vast amounts of energy and oil, in the form of materials, during their manufacturing process; take a lot of land for roads and car parks; create noise pollution; can have a destructive effect on communities; and contribute to the greenhouse effect.

  • Think twice before you fly, as it is the most ecologically destructive thing that we do.
  • If on a local journey, walk or cycle instead of using motorised transport, as this will also help to keep you fit.
  • If you live in a hilly area consider getting an electric motor fitted to your bicycle and recharge the batteries with solar or wind power.
  • Use public transport instead of a car. Trains are the most eco-friendly way of travelling long distances.
  • If you are entitled to a free bus pass, use it instead of your car.
  • Share your journeys with others or consider joining a car-sharing scheme.
  • If you need to run a car, in order to save fuel, make sure that the tyres are correctly inflated, the air conditioning is not used unless absolutely necessary and the accelerator is used less, because the more this is depressed the more fuel is used. If you need to buy a car, buy an economical model with low-carbon emissions. To fully cut down on car use, choose to live in the place where you work or work in the place that you live, including working from home.

 
Contact Details for Further Information

To follow are websites for organisations in the UK; however, there are many equally good organisations elsewhere in the world that are too numerous to mention here.

Sustainable Living

Recycling

Electricity

  • Good Energy – www.goodenergy.co.uk (The UK’s only one hundred per cent renewable energy company)

Government Financial Help and Advice with Reducing Carbon Emissions