Nature and Environment

Because at 160,000 years, the party is just getting started.

Add to My MSN

Photo of the Week: Passing on the Knowledge of Self-Sufficiency

12/16/2011 1:00:20 PM

Tags: Photo of the Week, Photography, Community, Gardening, Children, MayaRae, Aaron Harris, Self-Sufficiency

I decided to do a human shot for this week’s Photo of the Week. We’ve had food, we’ve had animals, and we even had Mickey Mouse. However, we don’t want to forget the people that make MOTHER EARTH NEWS and sustainable living possible.

 Garden work 

What I like about this picture is the lesson behind it. The man in the picture is part of a community garden and he’s showing the young girl what plants he is growing. He may not be teaching her what they do — he could just be showing her the pretty blooms — but the great thing is he's introducing this young girl to something new.

I’m a city boy, I’ll admit it. When I started interning here at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, I knew as much about the various varieties of squash as I did about what currency is used in Bangladesh. I still don’t know much about squash, but I have learned a few things about sustainable living and environmentally friendly living.

I didn’t grow up with these things. My grandmother had a garden, but I didn’t pick up much from it. Unlike the little girl in the picture, I, and others too, did not grow up learning about gardening and self-sufficiency.

When we wonder why our children and others don’t know much about tasks that our ancestors considered simple, we have only to look at ourselves. The people who run the community garden pictured know this. They are teaching their children about sustainable living, even if it’s just one plant at a time.

The point is pretty simple, but not meant to be preachy: We cannot forget what we haven’t been taught. For sustainable living to continue and to flourish, every generation must be taught the same skills. It’s never too late, but why have to catch up when, like this man and the girl, the opportunity to learn is there from such a young age.

Our thanks go to MayaRae for sharing the gallery in which this photo appeared. Be sure to visit our free photo-sharing website, CU , and share your work for a chance to be featured in a Photo of the Week blog. You could even win a spot in the magazine! While you're there, you can leave a comment on or rate other users' photos. 

 



Related Content

Photo of the Week: Reeled In

He tosses out his line in hopes that a fish, big or little, may bite. Thank you CU photographer Ruby...

Photo of the Week: Alaskan Ice

Step inside an iceberg in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and y...

Taking the Steps We Can to Live More Sustainably

In most cases, we can't do all of the things we would like to live more sustainable lives — at least...

Courtesy Photo Of A Bear To Share

Photo of a bear with a pack rat that is about to be lunch. Thanks to a friend for sharing it for us ...

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 










Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.