Here are 15 more ideas we just added to our Social Action/Individual portion of our website. Check out the rest of the action ideas under the social action menu button. Now is the time for all of us to get into action!
The number before the idea indicates the order in which it was entered into the data base.
1258 Know your "Foodprint" (I'll have a post on how my Footprint came out soon.)
Essentially this is a calculator that allows you to discover how eco-friendly you eating habits are. There are all kinds of calculators out there and they are useful when determining how well we are doing. It’s the old “if we can measure it we can manage it” thing. Use these calculators. They’re fun!
1261 Record your acts of green
Sometimes we think we are doing quite well in our efforts to live sustainably. Other times we think we are dismal failures. One way to figure that out is to keep a simple list that reminds us of how we are doing. It also is a motivator for us to do more. Post it on the fridge!
1322 Wear clothes with environmental slogans
My wife recently purchased two sweatshirts with “The is No Planet B” and a cute logo across the front. Anyone who sees it will think about the environment. It’s that simple. To wear clothing embossed with environmental slogans may remind dozens of people to think about the future and their role in it. There is some nice stuff to wear - check it out.
1401 Listen to The Green Divas podcasts
If you haven’t joined the podcast crowd, you should give it a try. There are scads of green podcasts out there. Some are a little frightening, others enlightening and still others have a great sense of humor. The Green Divas aren’t a bad place to start.
1427 If you are depressed about the future get counseling
There are a great many people who are distressed about the future of our world and the effect it could have on their children and grandchildren. In addition, thousands of scientists and their families are struggling with what they know about the degradation of the environment. It’s ok to read about climate change and mental health. The important thing is to talk to someone about it. Get a little help.
1431 Find an Eco-Buddy to plan and act with
I’m not sure I would call the fight against climate change fun. However, I will say that it is a lot more interesting and envigorating when you have someone to share thoughts and ideas with. So, develop an eco-buddy relationship. Swap articles, participate in social action events and even start an EcoClub in your neighborhood.
1432 Support UN sustainable goals by telling people about them
There are so many things going on all over the world concerning climate change and climate justice. Does anybody have a plan for the future? Well, yes, the United Nations has come up with one. In 2015 the nations of the earth established 17 sustainable goals to achieve. All the elements necessary to create a sustainable environment and social framework are there. Become familiar with them and make the basis of your plan as well.
1434 Take a civics class - know your stuff
Do you remember your civics class? Well, if you are a bit younger you probably don't know what that is. Today it is usually referred to as 'social studies' or something similar. Regardless, it is more important than ever that we understand how government works. Our very freedom depends on it. So try out an online class on civics or social studies and brush up!
1435 Be familiar with local, state and federal budgets - put on your phone
When we hear people talk about “the problem with government”, it is pretty clear they have no idea how government spends our money. The amount of emotional energy (or lack thereof) we spend on a given issue is often grossly disproportionate to the amount of tax money spent on it. Do a better job of making an impact by understanding the scope of the issues.
1440 Invest in companies that bring water to waterless areas of the globe
Fresh water is taken for granted by many of us in the United States. Although we have issues in many areas, none of these problems are like the ones millions face in other parts of the globe. If you really are looking for a cause to get involved with, help bring water to those who have none.
1503 Educate yourself about energy usage by sector and by state
As long as you are out there looking at governmental budgets you might as well check out how much and what kind of energy is being used in various economic sectors and states. Having facts can help move people and governments to act responsibly on behalf of the environment.
1505 Don't buy products tested on animals
We consider ourselves to be the top of nature’s pyramid of creatures. Everything is about us. Animals are to be used for our well being. Hogwash! We are as dependent on the biosphere as living thing on earth. We have no more right to natures plenty as the dung beetle does. Be aware of the harm we inflict on for the most inconsequential reasons.
1550 Participate in Buy Nothing Day
There are probably days that you don’t buy anything but here is a day set aside to remember that you aren’t buying anything. The economy is based on a growing population of consumers. It’s killing the environment. So, let’s begin to scale back a bit and ask “do I really need that?” The date is easy to remember. It is the day after Thanksgiving. That’s right - Black Friday! Buy nothing that day. Put it on your calendar.
1622 Report public water leaks to the city
Don't assume your town knows something is broken. After all, someone is always the first to call it in. The amount of water discharged from a break in the city's main is truly incredible.
1663 Put environmental stickers on your car
When marketing an idea don’t forget to pick the low hanging fruit. A “save the environment” bumper sticker is wonderfully cheap and easy to do. Keep the concept in front of people. Awareness is the beginning of transformation. There are hundreds of great “save the environment” stickers for your car. Shop around and give one to a friend.
1425 Put Earth Day On Your Calendar and Begin Planning
We should all have our favorite environment day. Make it something the whole family gets involved in and learns about. Mine is Earth Day but there are lots of others. Check these out.
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