Most of us feel resolved to make promises and start new 'good' habits at the beginning of the new year... (often because of the 3kg put on over the festive period ;-) )
Whatever the reason, it is becoming more and more apparent that each individual should attempt a resolution that also benefits the planet and local community as well as oneself...
One such of these good habits could be to eat less meat and dairy. The meat and dairy industries are one of the most damaging to the earth, and the planet globally. If there is one thing to cut down on this year, try and cut down on meat... do some research into the meat and dairy industries to motivate yourself - some of the footage and stats are quite eye-opening!
Some other green resolutions are easy to think of:
- Turn off lights when you aren’t in the room or when natural light is bright.
- Divert as much as possible of your household waste from the landfill by using recycling and composting.
- Unplug electronics that aren’t in use.
- Eliminate your use of single-use plastics such as water bottles, plastic bags, and plastic silverware.
Other, wider reaching sustainability movements that can make a difference both locally and globally are:
Shop small local businesses to support the local economy.
Travel on a bike. Become familiar with bike paths during Bike Holland events, which kick off at the May Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore program.
Walk, carpool, or use public transportation whenever possible.
Switch your lights to LED bulbs.
Delay switching on heat or air conditioning when not essential.
Invest in renewable energy options — solar for your home, or electric for your car.
Quality of Life
Transition to more clean and green food and body products. Eat fresh, organic, local, and in-season produce and eliminate products with ingredient names that you cannot read.
If fitness is a resolution, consider a gym close to home so you can walk, run, or bike there and begin your workout before you step foot in the door.
Community and Neighbourhood
Start or join a litter pick up program in your community.
Actively educate people in your community about the risk to our planet using non-sustainable consumables.
Volunteer for nonprofits, homeless shelters, and food pantries.
Wishing you success in creating a greener 2019!