No matter who or where we are, we all want to contribute to our world. Have an impact, make our voices heard, create meaningful and lasting change. The good news is that each individual has that power within and that we can start with baby steps.
Liz Clark is one of those people who is living her dream as well as making the world better and cleaner along the way. You can visit her blog, Swell Voyage for more on how we can help our environment. It’s something we can all do when we unleash our potential. Here are 5 things you can do for this world right now.
1. Spread Good Vibes! Simply be nice to each other!
Life can be testing, but being negative only makes things harder for you and those around you. Try not to lose your cool. Keep kindness and good vibes flowing through you and to those you encounter throughout the day. Positivity is contagious, healing, and unifying.
2. Your dollars are your Voice: Buy Organic, Local, Non-toxic, and Mindfully.
Let your purchases speak to your eco-values. We can make a positive impact everyday by supporting brands and people who love the environment as much as we do. By doing so, we tip the demand toward sustainable and eco-friendly goods. Buying local offsets carbon. Supporting organic farmers helps reduce degradation and pollution of our soils, waterways, and oceans not to mention our bodies.
3. Reduce, reuse, recycle & refuse SINGLE USE PLASTICS.
Our oceans are becoming plastic soup. I find plastic debris lining the beaches of tropical islands thousands away from any trash source. This plastic never biodegrades, only breaks down into tiny toxic piecesthat pollute our ocean ecosystems and enter the food chain–killing wildlife ranging from plankton to seabirds to whales–and rendering seafood toxic. It’s time we demand and implement non-toxic plastic replacements and stop using something that will last forever–plastic bags, bottles, straws, etc—only one time!?
It makes no sense!? 50 billion plastic beverage bottles are produced each year. At least 40 billion of them end up in our oceans and landfills EVERY YEAR, not to mention a stream of other plastic bags and trash. Let’s stop our single-use plastic addiction and lead the way toward a world of biodegradable plastic alternatives.
4. Eat less or no meat! Animal agriculture is killing our environment.
Why do they keep telling us to ‘turn off the lights’ and ‘carpool’ to help save the planet when eating less meat & dairy for a week could decrease your personal eco-impact more than carpooling for a whole year? Animal agriculture is the leading cause of the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change, soil degradation, water pollution due to animal waste runoff, ocean acidification, rainforest clearing, and extinction due to habitat loss and destruction.
5. Support alternative and free energy solutions
Free, clean energy is absolutely possible and available to us, and has been so for a long time. It’s just not in the interest of the very powerful people who prefer we stay dependent on buying their fossil fuels. They are destroying the planet just to get richer…it’s rather short-sighted and selfish, no?
So where we can, let’s go off-grid, use solar and wind-power, drive more fuel-efficient cars, demand better public transportation, walk, ride a bike, and support alternative energy systems and free energy solutions!