All it takes is just one person to see a problem and decides to something about it. How can you become that person? How do you make yourself a more effective advocate for environmental issues within your community?
Well, education is probably the best place to start. Most people who act in an environmentally unfriendly way are ill-informed, not malicious. It’s easy to vilify someone who is acting irresponsibly, but a better strategy might be to raise awareness. By informing in a non-threatening way, you invite cooperation, not hostility.
Green living is about more than saving the planet, it’s about people. It’s about thoughtful living that takes into account the impact of our actions. Green living means thinking about the well-being of us all. Any step, even an small one, toward sustainable living is good. And if each of us can influence just one other person to begin making green changes, then many good things will begin to happen.
Here is a useful list from Conservation International of simple steps you can make an impact within your community.
1. Be Informed
The first step toward being a responsible green citizen is knowing the issues and taking time to think about them.
2. Travel Sustainably
Next time you go on vacation or need to take a business trip, consider ways you can cut down on carbon emissions.
3. Be a Green Consumer
It is becoming easier and easier to know what effects the things you buy have on the environment.
4. Eat Green
Environmentally friendly eating habits are easy and healthy.
5. Explore Biodiversity
The diversity of nature is everywhere. So why not roll up your sleeves and see what’s been living right outside your door?
6. Enhance Your Local Biodiversity
Contributing to diversity in your own neighborhood can go a long way toward feeling good every day.
7. Minimize Your Carbon Footprint
By reducing the energy and fossil fuels you use, you are saving the environment from further damage.
8. Influence Your Friends, Family, and Community
A green You is a great role model for your friends, family, and colleagues.
9. Support Conservation International
By supporting CI you are maximizing your efforts by joining larger team.
10. Be a Conservation Advocate
Do a little or do a lot, but raise your voice today.