Many of you are making New Year's Resolutions right now, maybe involving getting to the gym or eating healthier. But why not make a resolution that will be good for you, your community, and future generations? Resolve to be more sustainable this year.
This Huffington Post article suggests having a "theme" for the new year that you add to your daily life, instead of resolving to do something concrete. I challenge you to add sustainability to your daily life. Before you do something, ask yourself, am I doing this task in the most sustainable way possible? For example, could I walk to the grocery store instead of drive there? You may already have a "green" way of living if you take the train to work or recycle at home, but there is always more you can do. Here are some suggestions:
- Walk or take the train/bus instead of drive
- Carpool to work
- Upgrade your car to a hybrid
- Make your home energy efficient
- Encourage your workplace to be more energy efficient
- Tell your congressman to support clean energy (nuclear is a great option!)
- Stop using plastic bags, including zip-lox ones
- Start using quality re-usable items, like water bottles and storage containers
- Eat less meat (do Meatless Mondays!)
- Take stairs instead of elevator
Consequently, being more sustainable can help you in other areas of life that you want to improve on. Being energy efficient will save you money and eating less meat and taking the stairs will make you healthier.
Post more ideas for being sustainable this year in the comments!
Don't forget to vote for my post on Nuclear Energy's Role in Sustainable Development in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week blogging contest here.