Coal plants and vehicle emissions polluting our air? Advocate for a switch to renewables and expanded public transit.
Mangos taste like cardboard in January? Pick a preserved or more seasonal fruit.
Beef industry polluting our water? Cut down on meat consumption.
No one likes a doomsayer, and I’m not trying to be one. But my morning news today certainly did nothing to cure the Monday morning blues.
Really, it makes me quite overwhelmed.
The only thing I can do now is remember that my choices make a difference, and hope that you remember this too.
I recall why I don’t mind living without air conditioning and can opt not to buy products that have too much packaging. I recall that biking this summer means fitness, extra cash in my pocket and it means that I think we can change our culture to rely less on our cars. It reminds me to be a voice for climate bills and renewable energy legislation and an advocate for responsible businesses.
So, today, I will advocate for a few things (this is as much a reminder to me as anyone else):
- Read the news. Be aware, and get freaked out because it’s motivating (once you pick your jaw up off the floor).
- Then read this. It made me feel better.
- Call your senator about the Climate Bill (won’t take more than 5 min and is super easy.)
- Pick a few things and stick to them. “10 ways to help the environment” lists are everywhere. But here’s one I like. (Annnnd here’s a vastly extended version.)
- Once you make the changes and save money, feel healthier, breathe better, and are happier as a result, tell your friends!
Get set, go.