It is as though life drops a tiny feather on our shoulder to wake us up, then a pebble, then a boulder. Natural disasters are our collective wake-up call to the reality of climate crisis.
No one is immune to the effects of pollution and our consumer greed. We are all in this together. We must act now to meet these challenges as one Earth family and see them as opportunities to grow and evolve.
Green living can be fun, and is good for everyone. Here are a few simple things that you can do to make positive change for your health and the health of all.
Save paper that was only printed on one side, and use it to print drafts or for scrap paper.
Cut open used envelopes and use them for note paper, or refold them inside out to reuse them.
Cut the front off holiday cards and use them as next year’s gift tags.
Switch from gift wrap to gift bags, wrap gifts in reusable cloth, or wrap gifts in comic pages from the newspaper.
Call junk mail companies and remove your name from their lists and put a sign on your mailbox that you do not want flyers.
Bring your own bags and buy products that use less packaging. Avoid packaging items that are already packaged by nature, such as a cluster of organic bananas. Ask your favorite take-out restaurant to let you bring your own containers.
Buy a travel mug and bring it to the coffee shop. Carry a water bottle instead of buying bottled water.
Walk, cycle, use public transit or take the train.
Switch to ecological cleansers for your home and for personal care.
In food, textiles and cosmetics, avoid chemicals and pesticides.
Use recycling clubs and thrift stores to recycle your used goods.
Eat less meat to conserve water, land and energy resources.
Take shorter showers; don’t leave taps running when not in use.
Trees are the lungs of the world. We need them to breathe. Look for opportunities to plant native trees near you, or consider supporting reforestation efforts by reputable organizations.
Use compact fluorescent bulbs; turn off lights and appliances when not in use; hang laundry to dry.
Contact your power company and ask to purchase green power. If you live in Canada, you can sign up with Bullfrog Power.