The clock is ticking. The need for change is urgent. But what can one person do? Plenty!
Here are six simple proactive steps that everyone can make to positively impact earth’s environment.
What Generation will go down in history as being the one to reverse the earth’s spiral towards destruction? Will it be the #Boomers, #Gen Xers, or #Millenniums?
WHO WILL SAVE OUR PLANET?
Baby Boomers are often associated with the 1960’s counter culture, bringing dramatic social change and later, increased consumerism and conservatism. Generation X is said to have created transformation through technology and direct action. Generation Y is statistically more embracing of social diversity and although thought to be apathetic, is really looking for new ways to bring about change. All generations have the same desire-to live a meaningful life and to pass a healthy environment on to the next.
Our planet is in peril. But together we can reduce greenhouse gasses and toxic waste, safeguard the earth’s plants and animals, and protect the planet for our children.
Here are Six Categories that when implemented will positively influence the outcome of our current environmental crisis.
1. Be an example
a. Live in a sustainable manner. Grow your own organic produce or buy from local organic farmers or farmer’s markets. Shop and Play Locally. Eliminate the use of chemicals in and outside of your home.
b. Reduce your impact on landfills by using reusable grocery bags, buying minimally packaged food, eliminating fast food meals, composting, recycling and re-purposing goods.
c. Plant your external environment using permaculture techniques.
d. Teach your children and grandchildren about living responsibly.
2. Share your knowledge
a. Communicate with your family, friends, and neighbors about the environmentally friendly methods you use for gardening and for living. Let them know how and why you do what you do. Be sure to do so in a helpful and informative way. No one likes to be pressured or lectured.
b. Use social media to share useful articles and information.
c. Consider offering classes at your local community club or school. For example, the woman who owns the local garden store in my rural town teaches children at the community school about growing organic produce. The students participate in a community garden where they learn how to plant, grow, harvest and cook healthy organic vegetables. They then learn how to save the seeds for the following season.
3. Support the work of those trying to effect positive change
a. Donate time or money to local groups that are laboring to educate the public, create political change and provide resources towards environmental concerns.
b. If there are no such groups in your area, work with a national group or create one yourself. Here is a link to a list of non-profit, bi-partisan environmental organizations: NRDC
4. Educate yourself
a. Read books, magazines, and articles about healthy and sustainable living.
b. Initiate conversation with people from different backgrounds and experiences. It is natural to seek out those who validate our held opinions. However, there are valuable insights to be had when conversing with those who do not share our point of view.
c. Participate in a group or community that is actively involved in promoting environmental health. 4-H supports environmental stewardship
5. Do not let the policy makers off the hook
a. Elect officials who support the environment and vote out those who do not.
b. Support initiatives that protect the environment.
c. Communicate your concerns with your representatives on a regular basis.
6. Ask your friends and family to join you!
Who Will Save Our Planet? WE ALL WILL!