After reading the chapters in the reading, I began reflecting about this weeks blog post and what goals I can set to help change the planet.
First, I began thinking about previous goals my wife and I set and have accomplished:
- Buy local
- We buy local as much as we can so as to reduce the travel time and carbon emissions to bring items to stores
- Drive less – Walk, bike or use public transportation more
- We both, combined drive approx. 5000 miles a year. This would be for work and school only, not including longer non work/school trips. If we can, we will walk or bike to places we need to go.
- We recycle every week.
- We also compost compostable products. We do not have compost pick up at our residence, however we take our compost to a friends house who does have compost pick up. Between recycling and compost, we produce only 1 bag of garbage a week, for 2 people, 1 dog and 2 cats.
- Eat less beef, and eat more vegetarian meals
- We have cut back on beef consumption and are in general eating more vegetarian meals.
- We refuse to purchase bottle water.
- We bring Hydroflasks with us that we refill either at home or on the go.
- Shortened shower times
- I have personally shorted my shower times from approx 10 mins to approx 6 mins.
- We no longer use paper napkins at meals. We have adopted using Norwex reusable small hand towels.
- Norwex have great products that one can clean with by simply using the product and water. More information about Norwex can be found at https://norwex.biz/
- In addition to the hand towels, we use many Norwex products as we can clean most areas of our house with simply the towel and water, no chemicals used.
- We no longer use plastic straws, none in the house. If we want to use a straw, we have reusable metal straws that can be washed out and reused.
I then starting thinking about what more we can do to help
Here are my goals for the future:
- Get more involved locally with local groups to assist those in need and to assist with environmental efforts
- Volunteer my time more. Volunteering for Unti to get Monkey Bucks has inspired me to volunteer more. I have already signed up to volunteer at two future events at food banks and have asked them to let me know about future events so I may volunteer.
- Inquire about and get involved with local Initiative programs such as I-1631 that we learned about today.
- We all can do better to make this world a better place and I want to make sure that I am doing what I can to try and make this world a better place for the next generation.
I chose a video from National Geographic as we are members of the National Geographic Society and attend presentations at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.