You’ve gained a few kilograms over the festive season, you’re officially broke and while you’re not ready to start working and exercising, you know there are probably a few eco-oriented lifestyle changes you can make this year. Here are a few suggestions:
Focus on changes that make you feel good (beyond the Checkers till)
Sure, buying recyclable, reusable grocery store bags are a way to ‘do your part for the environment’, but why not try to aim bigger this year? Small changes are good but we’re going to need a much larger shift to make a lasting impact on the environment. Resolve to do one big, good, green deed this year such as implementing a recycling bin campaign at work, organising a car pool for staff members or a plant-a-tree drive at your child’s school. Get people around you involved to spread awareness and make a bigger impact.
Be more than simply ‘aware’
The word ‘awareness’ has already crept into this article. Spreading awareness is great and it’s part of making an initiative go viral on social media, but commit to doing more than reposting photos, signing petitions and retweeting hash tags on Twitter. If you can’t offer a financial contribution towards a green initiative, offer time as a volunteer or your professional skill as a service. The feeling of reward you will get from really contributing will be worth the sacrifice.
Watch something that will give you a paradigm shift
Most people have seen An Inconvenient Truth (if you haven’t, go watch it), but there are a few other environmental and plant related documentaries that can change the way you view an entire species. Blackfish is a 2013 documentary that was directed by Gabriela Dowperthwaite and focuses on an orca held by SeaWorld and the controversy over captive killer whales. The Cove is a 2009 documentary that analyses and questions dolphin hunting practices in Japan and it was awarded the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. Numen is a documentary on herbalism and the healing power of plants.