What Can You Do? – Simple Solutions
Often people feel like one person can’t make a difference, I am here to remind you that we can.
Every action, every ripple creates change and it is true we must be the change we wish to see in the world. One of the major changes that is vital is that we just CONSUME LESS and demand less of the earth resources.
No more waiting for government, business or some one else to fix the worlds numerous problems, lets step it up and create the change. We live in a world of supply and demand, your voice and action makes all the difference. You may be a teacher or a CEO, an artist or a government minister whoever you are it is you we are waiting for.
Each one of us has a part of the jigsaw, what is yours?
The suffragettes did not get the vote by sitting at home drinking tea….. Well they did that too.
Whether you can grow a window box of wild flowers for the bees and pollinators or rewild your estate or create change in a school, a business or your own home here are some ideas. Rather than fighting against what we don’t want, let’s move towards the world we wish to see.
MOVE YOUR MONEY OUT OF THE BIG BANKS – Many invest your savings and pensions in fossil fuels and financing companies contributing to large scale deforestation. HSBC and Barclays are the worst . Money makes the world go round. Invest in the world you wish to see. Once you have moved your money check who your employer, school and local council invests with. For more visit Ethical Consumer How and Who?
MOVE YOUR ENERGY COMPANY TO A RENEWABLE PROVIDER. Let your house be powered by the sun, wind and water rather than fossil fuels. You will be amazed, not only will you save CO2 but also money Here’s how
SUPPORT SMALL, LOCAL, INDEPENDENT, ORGANIC, FAIR TRADE BUSINESS and the bees and farmers will thank you.
BUY LESS STUFF. REFUSE PACKAGING. SAY NO TO TETRA PACKS AS WELL AS PLASTIC. They are a mix of non fsc wood pulp, plastic and aluminum. You can make your own plant milks easily at home. Find a zero waste shop or open one. Return non recyclable packaging to the supermarket.
GROW SOME OF YOUR OWN FOOD, even if its just alfalfa on your window sill and get your hands in the dirt. Join a community garden and plant some trees and wildflowers. Encourage the edges to be wild.
THINK POLLUTION. If you don’t understand the ingredients of what you are flushing down the drain please don’t. Chemicals in toiletries and detergents are a chemical hazard. Use natural, biodegradable products. Friendlier for You, the Earth, Water and all Life.
THINK INSULATION. Turn down the thermostat and put on a jumper. Ensure heat is not going through the windows, door and up through the roof. Lets try not to heat the climate any more than already.
EAT LESS MEAT AND DAIRY HAVE FEWER KIDS AND PETS. Animals take up too much land which could grow other food, they produce methane, pollute the water and are often fed mass produced industrial GMO food. We are using up too many resources. Less is more.
THINK ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL TRANSPORT. Limit flying and driving as much as possible. Burning fossil fuels contributes to climate change. Sorry…. but its the truth. Encourage your council to improve public transport. Go electric and car pool.
SPEAK UP. Contact your MP and local councilors and have a meeting with them. Ask what they are doing about climate change, and what else can you do together? Contact companies who are continuing to be a part of the problem and remind them to be a part of the solution.
… and join up with others, do something, anything, have fun and just get involved and you will find that hope and service brings you joy. The more of us who take action the better. Think of bailing a boat which has a hole in it…all hands on deck needed.
and there is more…
GO OUTSIDE AND ENJOY NATURE… Limit time online (imagine how much energy is needed to power the brain behind Facebook). Did you know the power used by the worlds iphones is the same as 2.2 million cars on the road!!! We can make a difference…Power down and every night turn off all electronic devices (modems, tv, sky, dvd player, computer, printer etc) at the wall and let the Earth sleep deeper. Replace lighting with led’s that are super efficient. Our main objective is to reduce power consumption.
REFUSE first then REDUCE, REFILL, REUSE, REPAIR and lastly RECYCLE. Create a demand for refill stations. Commit to saying “NO” to bottled water and carry your own refillable bottle. Change to re-usables (napkins, washable nappies and sanitary towels) Say “No” to straws, take away cups and definitely their lids. Look at every piece of plastic in your life and think oil, rubbish and pollution and “Do I really need it?”
If you really DO NEED to buy something check out for all your purchases in The Good Shopping Guide. It really is a fantastic book and online resource listing all you could possibly wish to know to make the right choice.
BE CONSCIOUS ABOUT THE RESOURCES YOU USE and the amount of water you consume, short showers and compost toilets are the go….. If you do have a flush toilet remember the great Australian saying “If its yellow let it mellow , if its brown flush it down” Don’t flush after a pee or leave the water running when you do the dishes or your teeth. Water is more precious than gold.
IF WE WANT TO SAVE THE FORESTS, not only must we commit to buying recycled paper and checking all wood comes from a sustainable source but also support the people who live there.
JOIN AN ORGANISATION YOU BELIEVE IN and support them with your time or money. Its time for tithing again and giving away some of what we earn to worthy causes and helping to make the world a better place. If you are a professional donate some time to a charity through Reach Volunteering
SPREAD THE WORD, EVERY DAY IN EVERY WAY. We are making a huge difference by the footprint we leave behind and the seeds that we sow. Embrace the change.
Feel free to download the What Can You Do flyer to pass out wherever you can or make your own with your own logo. People want to know what to do!