There are many reasons to stop eating or eating less meat that we don’t need to get into right now because all of them are very unsexy. It’s Valentine’s Day and that may or may not mean anything to you but we believe that giving is green and love is a part of environmentalism so here’s a few ways you can create a green Valentine’s (or any) Day.
PBS Food gives a few courses for your meal. If you want to have meat they have a few more romantic recipes for Romance and for those on a Budget.
Grist also has Your last-minute guide to a sustainable Valentine’s Day
Enjoy your day either way!
Photo Credit: “A popular vegetarian option, the 600 Calorie Mango Veggie Stir Fry” by Silver Diner
This song was chosen because the lyrics pretty much say it all.
Song: Boogie Down Productions- “Love’s Gonna Get You (Material Love)”
From the Album: Edutainment, 1990
What I like about this song is that for me it points out the fact that many of us have some distorted ideas about love. In this song KRS-One tells the story of a young man who is forced to consider what and whom he really loves because he’s forced to figure out what’s really important in life. It all seems like a no brainer. We say things like “You can’t buy your health” or “You only get one Mom” but if we really knew what was important would our houses be filled with so much stuff? Continue reading
I heard this speech again for the first time in December. This is Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “A Christmas Sermon on Peace” (1967).
Dr. King first delivered this sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as co-pastor. On Christmas Eve, 1967.
There was always something missing to me in his ideas about non violence and why it was not a strategy or a tactic but a lifestyle and a worldview.
Dr. King’s birthday and federal holiday land in the beginning of the year, just as many are slowly abandoning their New Year’s resolutions. Well before New Years I resolved to let go of grudges and anger long held inside for persons that had no idea that’s what I was doing all this time.
But how? Surely it was easier said and resolved than done. In this speech I found an answer that apparently I wasn’t ready to hear before.
Often Dr. King’s sharp and analytical mind is overlooked in favor of a “Santa Clausified”, sanitized preacher from Georgia who made one good speech.
In “A Christmas Sermon on Peace” he explains the difference between like and love, why we should love, forgive and work towards peace. He offers us the opportunity to rethink “Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men” as “peace within and peace without.”
An excerpt: Continue reading