This quote by Franklin Roosevelt was a powerful call-to-action during the 1930s, when vast areas of the US and Canadian prairies turned into dust bowls, exacerbated by farming practices based on an insufficient understanding of the ecology of the prairies. They felt the consequences of non-sustainable practices.
🌾A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.🌾
We can support sustainability of our land — the source of our food and our air — by adopting Zero Waste principles when we make, consume or dispose of our “stuff”. There are ways too — adopting permaculture principles, eating organically, supporting local artisans and farmers, sharing/borrowing, etc — but this is a good start!
What is Zero Waste? Per the Zero Waste Canada website, it is:
“a philosophy, a target, and it is a call to action that aims to bring an end to the current take, make, and waste mentality of human society.
Zero Waste encompasses the principles of conserving resources, minimizing pollution, maximizing employment opportunities, and providing the greatest degree of economic self-reliance.”.
Raise your awareness when making purchases, and do consider adopting Zero Waste principles if you haven’t already done so.