Things Anyone Can Do To Make the World A Better Place.
Eco warrior: someone determined to have a hands on approach to saving the planet.
Never in the history of man has life been so good for humans and so bad for others on the planet. Big, industrial corporations pollute the air and water, but make transportation and modern products like yoga mats, cool plastic water bottles and electric cars possible. Meanwhile it’s awesome to eat strawberries in February but our food supply is chock full of GMO’s and grown with chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
While it’s not possible to instantly stop all the bad consequences of modern life, there are simple things you can start doing right now to change how you contribute to the planet. All actions big and small contribute to a cleaner, healthier planet.
Big Picture Eco Action:
Let Your Voice Be Heard.
Issues concerning pollution, animal rights, industrial run-off, agriculture and water conservation are all managed by varying degrees by policy makes at the city, county, state and federal level. Find the issues you are passionate about, sign petitions, wave banners and call your representatives and let them know how you stand.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.
Stop buying products made or produced by companies that are not in line with your beliefs. Apps like Buycott, Good Guide, Choice App and Green Genie make it possible for you to become a conscious consumer.
Buying local foods and other local products not only supports your local economy, it also reduces pollution from transportation. How often do you get to buy from the people who made or produced the foods and products you purchase?
Stop Taking Out the Trash.
Stop throwing everything in the trash. Learn about recycling and composting. Be a conscious consumer and do not buy overly packaged products. Take your own bags to the grocery store and use a re-fillable glass water bottle, not single use plastic bottles.
Turn off lights when you aren’t home. Keep appliances and electronics unplugged when they are not in use or being actively charged.
Little Picture Eco Action:
Drive the Speed Limit.
Driving at a consistent speed limit reduces both fuel consumption and harmful emissions.
Eat a Salad or 10.
Contrary to popular belief you won’t die of mal-nutrition or starve to death if you eat less meat. Plants can provide all the macro-nutrients that you need. Meat production creates horrendous waste and pollution in addition to the horrible lives of the animals raised in feedlots.
Take a Three Minute Shower.
Set a timer for three minutes. Wet, lather, rinse…
Ice & Cold Water.
Keeping lots of ice in your freezer and cold water in your fridge helps keep the temperature of your fridge colder, while using less energy.
Stop using over packaged tampons with applicators. Use applicator free tampons or re-usable sponges or cups.
Stop buying commercially produced lubes, oils and moisturizers. Instead, buy a big jar of coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used for cooking, eating, moisturizing and is also a great personal lube, just don’t double dip out of the kitchen jar.
Making a commitment to living a conscious, sustainable life isn’t always going to be easy, but easy is what has gotten us into this mess. Take responsibility for your actions and make the difference you want to see in the world.
Author: Amanda Ashley
Assistant Editor: Megan Ridge Morris/ Editor: Renee Picard
Photos: Marina del Castell at Flickr