Consider having a green goal and make it a number 1 goal!
“The warnings about global warming have been extremely clear for a long time. We are facing a global climate crisis. It is deepening. We are entering a period of consequences.” ~ Al Gore
We all have goals which we set to achieve one day … goals to be a leader, goals to become Miss SA, goals to own a business but do we have any green goals? I assume you don’t and that is goal to consider setting not only for yourself but for everyone else around you and for the World.
Global warming has become a weapon of mass destruction. Warnings of events such as heat waves, floods and droughts will be more frequent and destructive as more carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas.
Global warming is happening now, it’s all around us and we are facing it each and every day more and more. One brain, one hand, one tree, one goal will make a massive change. We cannot ignore what is happening to the climate, oceans etc but we can make a change. There is so many ways in which we can set green goals in our personal lives. It is easier than you think. Set a green goal in your home life, ways that will make a small but significant change at home.
There is a whole long list of things you can do at home to make those changes, but I would like to mention a few important ones. Just like with our personal goals, we will only choose one thing from the list – one place to start. Like I said, one goal can make a massive change.
1) Carry your own shopping bags – everywhere you shop!
It’s become much more common to take your own shopping bags to the grocery store, but there are still people purchasing bags from a store. Sew and make your own bags it is much more environmental friendly.
2) Use public transport!
Most of us would find it very difficult to live without our cars – because we can move around freely, and don’t have to walk, and don’t have to rely on others. But its costly – fuel prices people!
– Public transport is easy assessable and cheap
– Walk as much as you can. It saves you money, makes you healthy, and saves the environment, too.
– Biking is also a great alternative to using a car – consider a bike when possible.
3) Recycle, recycle … recycle!
We are surrounded with garbage bins, just use them and especially those ones which have a little board saying please recycle, and then it have three options (glass, plastic and paper). That is the easiest way, but alternatively there are a few things you can do.
- First, reduce and re-use. How?
- Buy in bulk as much as possible to reduce packaging.
- Cut back on processed, packaged foods.
- Buy a filter for your water at home and a reusable water bottle, and stop buying bottled water.
- Before you throw something away, ask yourself if it could be re-purposed for something else.
4) Reduce the amount of paper you use.
– Before you press the print button, make sure its worth to print.
– Stop your junk mail.
– Pay your bills online – most banks offer this for free.
– Don’t buy a book, read it online!
5) Plant a garden if you can.
Even if you don’t have a yard, you can grow many things in containers. But you might be surprised at how much you can grow in a very little space! Growing even a little of your own food makes a big difference.
6) Switch that damn Geyser off.
The geyser is not welcome in your home from 09:00 am till 17:00 pm. Switch it off before you leave for work, school or college. It reduces your electricity bill as well as being friendly to the environment, too.
Set a personal green goal and set objectives to achieve it.
Editor: Roelien Zwart
We can’t change the world, but we can change the way we live in it.
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