Create a Green Day

Spend one day fully taking on the lens of how you can reduce your environmental impact in every action you take and choice you make. You might surprise yourself. This might even be fun. You may even decide to share this new game with friends who decide they fancy it. Heaven knows, this could become trendy.

Although there are oodles and oodles of green ideas that are simple and effective, here are some ideas to spark your thoughts:

• Request that your bills and statements be emailed/paperless.

• If it’s yellow, let it mellow.

• Decline having your flowers wrapped when you buy them.

• Fold and put away your clothes to wear again rather than automatically throwing them in the laundry.

• Go to a local farmer’s market.

• Walk instead of drive.

• When asking for a glass of water at a coffee shop, request that it be in a washable porcelain mug instead of a to-go disposable plastic cup.

• Use matches instead of lighters.

• Opt out of using plastic utensils if you can do without them.

• Post something green related on Facebook.

There are a million things you can do. Books have been written. Buy an e-book or borrow a book from the library.

Are you thinking that these are little things? Or that you don’t have time? Or that you can’t be bothered? These are all excuses. Take a moment to get present to the excessive consumption in our society, and the serious degradation of our environment. Let it sink in and allow yourself to acknowledge the state of emergency that we’re in. If you saw a child walking onto the road with cars whizzing past only a few feet ahead, would you say that it’s just a little thing, or that you don’t have time, or that you can’t be bothered to do anything about it? No, you would save the child. Do the same for our planet. Do what needs to be done.

 

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