This week’s writing challenge is “A Pinch of You.” Since my purpose in starting this blog was to strew around all the useful, helpful and important information that I have learned and will learn about living sustainably, it seemed like an instructive exercise to think about the actual recipe for a sustainable life. It’s simpler than you might think, really. I mean, it’s no souffle; more like a stew. You have some work to do initially, but then you can just leave it in the crockpot and it’ll be one of the most amazing things you’ve ever tasted, if you get your seasonings right.
1/4 cup extra-virgin moral fortitude, plus more to drizzle
3 tablespoons sustainable transportation
2 cups all-purpose renewable energy
2 to 3 pounds decentralized government, cut into bite-sized pieces
sustainable use of ocean and land resources
1 bottle unadulterated spring water
8 fresh sprigs natural, sustainable healthcare
non-GMO gardens, to taste
non-GMO food forests, to taste
1/4 teaspoon sustainable investment
1 tablespoon non-violence
2 1/2 cups NGOs and NPOs, mixed
9 small millionaires, scrubbed clean and sectioned
1/2 pound green architecture, peeled and sliced
2 cups frozen water, one for each pole
Scientific Discovery, recipe follows, for garnish
Space Exploration, recipe follows, for serving
Preheat a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat with the moral fortitude and renewable energy.
While the pan is heating, arrange the renewable energy on a large dish. Season the decentralized government with some sustainable use of ocean and land resources and then toss in the renewable energy to coat. Shake off the excess renewable energy and set aside. Add the decentralized government, in a single layer, to the hot pan, being careful not to over-crowd the pan. You might have to work in batches. Thoroughly monitor all of the governments on all sides.
Add the spring water to the pan and bring to a simmer while you scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, being sure to loosen up all those vital flavors stuck to the bottom in order to incorporate them into the overall flavor of the stew. Once the mixture has gotten hot, add the sustainable health care, gardens, food forests, sustainable investment, NGOs and NPOs, clean and sectioned millionaires, green architecture and frozen water for the poles. Bring the mixture up to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook uncovered until the liquids start to thicken. Cover and cook on low heat.
To serve, place the stew in a big, round, blue and green container, drizzle with moral fortitude and add a dollop of Scientific Discovery. Right before serving add a slice of Space Exploration, half-way submerged in the stew.
1 cup funding for excellent school systems
1 tablespoon students ready-to-learn
interesting learning materials
role models, to sprinkle as garnish
Combine funding, students ready-to-learn, and a drizzle of passionate teachers in a small classroom and mix until thoroughly combined. Season with interesting learning materials. Add a dollop of the mixture on top of the stew and garnish with role models.
1 pound scientists and engineers, mixed
2 cups public interest
4 cups government funding
Put a sheet pan in the oven so that it gets good and hot.
Place NASA on the hot sheet pan. Drizzle with the scientists and engineers. Rub NASA with public interest, sprinkle with government funding, and serve with the stew.
Under no circumstances should you include GMOs, for-profit education systems, massive fossil-fuel extraction and use, greedy corporations, money-grubbing politicians, weapons of mass destruction, or widespread use of chemicals in the food and water supplies. These will ruin all the hard work you did to make your stew.