Project Genesis: Protecting Our Waterways




Winter in Sydney...
In fact these fabulous views are just down the road from my home and it is not lost on me how lucky I am to be able to enjoy all that nature provides... When summer returns, I will once again be swimming in the blue seas and waterways that surround Sydney. But for now.. I still get to take in these visual delights. In fact walks around the bay are one of my favourite pastimes. Even just a pit-stop between running errands is enough to lift my spirits and recharge my proverbial batteries. Needless to say it's worth protecting.

So to ensure that this beauty is still here tomorrow ..

I am joining in on Project Genesis, hosted by dear Suzan of Old Grey Mare blogspot. The purpose is to highlight the small changes we can make in our everyday life that will serve to protect our environment.
I know the devastating consequences of the BP oil spill are obvious to all.. What may not be so obvious is the constant stream of polluting we unknowingly cause ourselves, each and every day using petrochemical detergents.. ironically.. made from crude oil .. One change I've implemented myself is to go green with household cleaners and detergents. I will admit I first crossed over for selfish reasons.. Environment friendly products are just as gentle on me as they are on the environment.. and the upside is.. some products are cheaper than their toxic counterparts. Now I know this idea is not ground breaking, but I think worth considering..
Small Changes for Big Impact
.. your health will thank you.. ..the aquatic life will thank you..
..even your purse will thank you..

If you need a little encouragement.. check out this new commercial..
And think of the aquatic life being impacted by petrochemical products



Thanks for taking the time to read my post..
I will put my thinking cap on to bring you something more original next month.
Meanwhile.. head over to Suzan's blog [here] where you can find other ideas and links for creating change and being kind to mother earth.
Thanks Suzan for prompting us to remember what is important



Julie b


Images: 1-3 Photography, text and altered images by me - [Being Ruby] Sydney - 2010
Images: 4 - Earth's Choice Advertisement


Anonymous said...

Beautiful shots and a very important message, Julie. Glad to see you @ Project Genesis!

Razmataz said...

Wow that is a powerful videao. Thanks for that link.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Small Changes for Big Impact...
...a very important message.
The situation with BP is so very distressing.
Your gorgeous photos are a poignant reminder of all that we stand to lose if we do not take action....
Love that Joni Mitchell song...

Shaz said...

Oh Julie, I think this is a great post. I use the most fantastic products for cleaning. They are both safe for our environment and for ourselves. If you go to my blog there are links on my sidebars. The products are called Trinature and Murchison Hume - both fantasatic. Every little bit of change helps - well done.

You do live in a beautiful part of the world. I grew up on the beach in Cronulla and even though I now live in Melbourne I haven't strayed far from the water. By using products like the ones I mentioned above will help ensure our waterways are just that little bit cleaner. We can all do our bit by spreading the word. Well done Julie - it makes us all think.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Julie I think this is a great post & a true reminder that petrochemicals are in many products that we (including me) give notice to. Bravo to Suzan for championing us all to pay attention & change our lifestyles. America is the worst of all for our dependency on oil. We have such a long way to go..long way. I hope that costs came down on some 'green' products that make it easier for us all to utilize.
Julie sending hugs and good thoughts for an easy move and smooth transition. Stay well my friend xx

erin's art and gardens said...

"they paved paradise, to put in a parking lot" i love j. mitchell! ah yes, our waterways...the oil continues to spill into the gulf of mexico. it sickens me and makes me feel so helpless! an empowering act is using vinegar to clean with. i think small gestures add up, for sure. i have not explored other safe-cleaners, as i try to not clean! kidding have inspired me to look into these cleaners......

Giulia said...

Here, here. Julie, I'll be back later (or in email). Recovering from long day. Can we grab the button you made for our blogs? Or ? I will do a post on GG blog, especially, as this is the sort of subject I highlight there. But it's on holiday for now. I would like to put something in the right sidebar & link to the project.....let me know.



sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Hi Julie

This project is a great idea, isn't it.

Love these pictures, beautiful limpid sky with its slightly pink reflection in the water. Fantastic.


Stephanie said...

I'm on board! I read once that if every home in America switched out one bottle of dishwashing liquid a year for a non-petrochemical one, it would save enough fuel to drive millions of miles. Keep spreading the good word, Julie!

Blondie's Journal said...

It truly is the little things that we do that can add up. The video was very powerful and very much in contrast to your beautiful beach pictures. You are quite an inspiration, Julie.

Thanks for stopping by yesterday. I have missed you!


Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I believe that we "the consumers" have a lot of power to change the ways. If we don't buy "it" (whatever non biodegradable thing that is) companies will stop producing it eventually!

June said...

Julie I thank you and Z for these posts. I know that the spill in the Gulf has had me thinking a great deal on these matters lately. I am so upset over the impact that this is going to have on this country. There are many things that I can be doing as well to help.
Thank you for making me think today!

Sea Witch said...

Oh, that commerical. Brought tears to my eyes when I saw detergent poured into a hermit crab shell, the octopus used as a mop. Excellent message that will make me change my choice of cleaning products. Thank you for this. Sea Witch

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

What a powerful commercial...I will share this one!!

Anonymous said...

Greae post, I am with you all the way on this topic for sure. All the pollution is out of hand, and it always seems to be put in the 'too hard' basket by most people, and really it is as simple as being willing to change!
What is driving me crazy at the mo, is that in Perth we are still in drought despite it being winter and the people in my street still turn their retic on regularly!! Grrr
Flick :)

oldgreymare said...


My dear sweet girl, waking up to this post made my heart sing. I love you for always having my back, for always being just a click away.


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Thanks so much for this!

Shellbelle said...

Julie, Julie, Julie, this is why I adore you so! Before I even commented today I posted about Project Genesis and added the button to my sidebar. FABULOUS. I'm already planning my post for next month and the month after that and…

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful project with us.

myletterstoemily said...

that's great, julie. i could do a lot better
myself. it's rankles me to be forced to
do it, but thrills me to do it on my own.

keep the good ideas coming, please.

Luiza said...

The winter is beautiful in Australia!!! At least on your images.

Great post Julie. I mean it. Wonderful.

I hope more people will start thinking of the environment and undurstand how important it is to us.

Have a wonderful day!

Jeanne Henriques said...

Well done thinking cap is going on now too!!
Gorgeous photos by the way !!


desde my ventana said...

Hi Julie,
Wonderful images for a very important idea.
Thank you for this videoclip,
Hugs Cecilia

Jane said...

hi Julie I get upset just thinking about that BP business. I use mostly non toxic cleaners now although not entirely. I agree little things make a difference if we all contribute... xoxo

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Great message you've passed along as well as your photography. The utube sure htis home.
I just watched a National Geographic production made last year on the Great Lakes - scary what is happening, especially the almost 4 foot drop over the past 10 years.

simon said...

Excellent thing to do. I believe that we all should be good stewards. We have an earth care movement here in the Blue Mountains, where they do weed removal and rubbish removal along the fringes of the national park.

This is why I bird watch too, the health of the environment can be measured by them. EG we have some rare Glossy Black Cockatoos in the bush behind us, and we have to report the sightings to the National Parks, so they can record them. They are endangered.

Also the Tetrad work done in Cumbria, England Recording the bird activity in a methodical fashion- again to monitor the health of them and ultimatly the earth


Carole said...

Great video and really gets you thinking. It makes me ill to think of what it's doing to our waters and the creatures that inhabit them.
I hate to say that I don't do laundry..George does so I will have to ask him what he buys.
Great post Julie!

Ella said...

Hi Julie,
Great message; I recycle and do buy things to aid, but I know I can do more! Thank you for highlight this subject~

Yvonne - Frl. Klein said...

Dear Julie, thank you for the link! It is so important to our environment responsibly in order to go!
Your photos are so gorgeous!!!!
Have a nice weekend,
Hugs, Yvonne

nerines said...

Well sung Joni Mitchell!! I haven't seen that add before other than on the Gruen Factor and I think it makes the point very well! Your beachside looks very lovely, I hate to think of it any other way...xo

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Ruby, Project Genesis is really interesting
Our planet need help and we must do something
Beautiful views from your home!
It's strange for me thinking that where you live Winter is starting and here is Summertime !!!

Splendid Willow said...

Well said, my friend! And 5 stars to you!

My "green" antennas came out when we found out we were expecting our first one. That was 9 years ago, and there really weren't many green products to turn to back then. Today there are so many great ones and the prices have come down too (: I feel that it is a gradual change - but oh have my husband and I come far compared to just a few years ago!

Hope all is well with lovely you.



Brabourne Farm said...

Julie, your divine phots show just why it is so incredibly important to protect our beautiful earth - if only more people would think about this and do their small part. Hope you've got a fabulous weekend planned - enjoy! Leigh

rjerdee said...

Project Genesis is an admirable endeavor and I plan to participate in it...loved the waterway piece you posted here...we're so desperately worried about our precious Gulf of Mexico waters and the mess BP has made out of it. I have property on the Florida coastline and am sure to suffer eventually from this hideous oil spill.

La Dolfina said...

Hi Julie!!!
I agree wholeheartedly with you and also am trying to make changes in my own life to support and sustain a healthy planet. Thanks for this post and Thank you for your lovely comments on both my blogs. You are a doll!
Wishing you a fabuluous weekend and I'll be back soon :)

nevin said...

My dear Julie,
you never make me disappointed.. great messages! Great add! Thank you so much.. XXX

Ange said...

Wonderful post Julie. I haven't written mine for Project Genesis yet. Speaking of water - there were 50 kids in my pool yesterday and that was enough to keep me away from my PC. I miss swimming in that clear Aussie water.
And yes, ecological products and natural substances are so much better. We use them too - it's fun teaching the kids what it's all about and wy as well.

the old boathouse said...

Hey Julie, sorry I haven,t left comments a combination of computer issues, overwork and school holidays....Love your pictures, I moved a house full of stuff yesterday that was headed for land fill....can the environment please rub my sore back and muscles haha but seriously buy vintage everyone, have you read silent spring by Rachel Carson, written in the sixties great book about what chemicals are doing to planet and it's inhabitants which I think we sometimes forget we are. Hope you are feeling a bit better and the moving is going well, cheers katherine

Angie Muresan said...

It's every human's responsibility to be conscious of our environment, and work on protecting it. We do it daily. From detergents to plastic bag use to automobile use. I'm trying to teach my kids to make a conscious effort to do what's right.

Greet Lefèvre said...

Beautiful pictures! Oh!!! And I am so agree with the thought of Joni Mitchell!
Great post!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Pinecone Camp said...

Julie, that was a fantastic post - very thoughtful and inspiring. You've got me thinking on this cloudy Saturday. I'm going to check out Project Genesis too. I've been making my own household cleaners for about 4 years, but i know there is so much more I could do!
Have a lovely Sunday.

Drawn to The Sea said...

What a wonderful project!

We're so sad & concerned for our Gulf neighbors to the east, & know we'll likely see the impact of The BP Spill here in Texas, too.

I've been away for awhile. Forgive me for not posting a thank you for the beautiful gift. One is coming very soon.

Peace to you, dear Julie.

Lee said...

Hi Julie, a very worthwhile initiative. I changed over to 'green' household cleaners quite a while ago & have never looked back. And you're right of course, there are a million & one ways we can help protect our environment, esp. the waterways. Lee :)

Charlotta Ward said...

Wonderful post and powerful message Julie. I could not agree with you more on the need to being gentle on the planet and all that lives on it.
In our family we eat an 80% organic diet, which mean the foods are ethically and responsibly grown without poisonous pesticides or chemical enhancement. We also use 'Earth' products for cleaning and washing. It makes a big difference to our health and to our planet, both of which are important.

I will check out Project Genesis and also follow some of the interesting links suggested by your readers.

Big hugs
xx Charlotta

P.S. The scenery in Sydney is amazing and I never stop pinching myself at the beauty we are blessed with every day.
Also, am writing a response to your lovely email next. xx

Anonymous said...

Moving! what a mind altering state that is....take care of you! smiles Ellen

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is a wonderful post, beautiful photos and SUCH an important message. Thank you so much! This is a subject dear to my heart. Thanks for bringing it to us.