I know each and every one of you is stressed by the thought of the imminent doom that is the time-bomb we’ve created on this planet through our careless pollution. I know it sucks to think about what we’re leaving to our children and how every decision we make could further the decay of our surrounding environment. So what more can we do? Should we quit our jobs and go march for the freedom of our planet? But then who would take care of our future – the real one, based on finances and savings we worry about right now, with our current work. Well, for starters, you need to check what you’re doing right now that could benefit you in the long run. Are you taking the bike for a ride once a week to work on your cardio?
Do you use public transportation or use co-riding options on your daily commute? Are you trying to store your food in reusable containers instead of throwing away plastic bags every day? If you answered yes, then you can start focusing on your future. If not, you need to start small: put those cereals you bought in a container with a lid and throw the plastic bag in a recycling bin. Or quit forgetting to turn off the lights when you leave the room. But assuming you managed to fit small things into your routine that are helping you be more environmentally-aware on a daily basis. Now it’s time to focus on improving your long-term effects by tweaking your basic needs from an eco-friendly perspective.
When I decided to check my use of natural resources, I was horrified of how much waste I created. But I still started small, and that turned out to benefit both me and my surroundings in the long run. I picked up a solar panel for my roof. Although I can still switch to regular energy any time, I find myself using the panel more and more each day. I started incorporating the bike in my daily commute and slowly but surely I was soon travelling anyway I needed on it. It was way more comfortable, especially since I switched to a folding bike, and it improved my health and my overall state. I felt relaxed and happy now that I knew I wasn’t destroying the environment with my huge carbon imprint. I was already accustomed to cycling and it was a change for the better. I also switched to a vegetarian diet for the half of each week, this way reducing my meat-consumption drastically. Although these seem like small changes, their effects are noticeable in the long run and in the end, they add up to a better world for my family. I didn’t downshift to a cabin in the woods and I didn’t quit my job in the city. But I did manage to find a way to trick the system into leading an eco-friendly existence that has beneficial effects on everything and everyone in my life, including myself.
Being aware of our impact on the environment becomes harder and harder each day in the contemporary consumerist society. Pollution is inherent and its causes vary from the frozen prepackaged meals to the car you use on your daily commute. So how do we control it if we’re bound to be a contributor by default?
Well, first and foremost by avoiding the billboards that scream in big block letters that the end of the world is near because we may never recover from the planet’s decay due to all the pollution we create. Although no one here is Captain Planet, no one’s asking us to be. The little things count the most and that’s what we need to work on.
Some people just go to town – see the lady using only jars she washes daily. But there are other, less radical ways to make your work count. In my daily routine, I don’t have a lot of time to spare. However, I try to add as many reuse able products as possible.
This way, I’m saving up a little (on my personal finance) and a lot (on “saving the planet”). Apart from that, I also like to use a bike around the city, because using my car only takes my money and turns it into stress – in traffic or when hunting down a parking space. Moreover, the bike actually aids my with my health while the car, although comfortable, doesn’t improve my stamina or my strength. I started carrying plastic bags with me instead of buying new ones each time I shop.
This way I stay organized – I always have some plastic bags to spare around the house – and I also save money on bags I’d otherwise throw away once I got home. I use chargers instead of one-use batteries and I like to cook my own food instead of buying frozen food or ordering take out as it creates mess – I always end up with plastic containers all over the house. I also bought an electric string trimmer instead of a lawnmower. Although it takes more time, I save loads on fuel and I also work out my arms while enjoying the smell of freshly cut grass and clean air.
All in all, it’s all about small changes so we may adjust our daily life to an eco-friendly approach that improves our routine as well as our effect on the environment. If you decide to cut back on useless purchases or take a stroll through the park instead of driving to the mall for a day, that’s more than enough. Nobody’s saying you should turn your house into a solar-powered engine that uses rain water and denies store-bought meals entirely, but switching up your meal once a week for a vegetarian soirée can help you avoid the effects of the meat-processing industry while giving your organism a kick for the better. In the end, baby steps will get you through the day and unto a better life for you, your kids and your surrounding environment.