You may ask yourself (or hear other people ask) if there really is anything that one single person can do to actually have an effect on the environment around them. While I understand that sometimes the bad news just keeps coming and it feels like nothing that anyone does can make anything better, it’s just not true. Sure, the government isn’t going to help much, the giant corporations say they will but you know they won’t, and being “green” can get expensive if you do it wrong. Sometimes when I am feeling down about the world around us, I mosey on over to a website called Dancing Rabbit. They are a community of like-minded individuals dedicated to living as simple as a life that they can while having a minimal impact on the environment around them. If you don’t know about them, you should definitely check out their site as soon as you can.
One day when I was reading their site I came across an article where they were discussing a poll they had taken in the community about what individuals can do to help the environment. And it seems the news is good for those of you out there that think that just one person cannot make a difference. Some of their ideas?
-Try living without a car. If you live within a metropolitan area with a good mass transit system use it as your main means of transportation then rent a car or join a car co-op or car share to fill in where MT doesn’t work.
-Keep your vehicle properly tuned and use long running synthetic oils and a cleanable oil filter.
-Use battery powered (with rechargeable batteries) clocks timers etc instead of the plug in type.
– Cooperatively use appliances with neighbors (lawnmower, washing machine, etc) (psssst- I love this one and hopefully my future neighbors will too!)
-Get as much of your food as you can from local, in-season sources
-Use recycled lumber for building, remodeling, or home-improvement projects
-If you have a yard plant edible landscaping (turn that lawn into a vegetable garden) (pssst- why exactly do we need acres of grass? That’s valuable planting space!)
-Install low flow faucets and shower heads.
-Turn off your computer when you aren’t using it and/or get a laptop
Now, that should be enough to get you started. The problem with the “one person” feeling bad about not making an impact is that they are not thinking big enough. What if one person turned into 2 into 1,000 into 1,000,000…we need everyone to do their little part. The sum is much greater than the parts in this case. Even the evil big box store with the smiley faced logo wants to sell CFL’s to all their customers. I know the money they make will of course be good for their shareholders, but imagine the impact that can have. (it’s a lot, google it).
So what are you waiting for…get going!
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