The Sustainable Development Goals are important, world-changing
objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international
organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average
person can make an impact. Should you just give up?
No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth - even the
most indifferent, laziest person among us - is part of the solution.
Fortunately, there are some easy things we can adopt into our routines,
that, if we all do it, will make a big difference.
Have a look at just a few of many things you can do to make an impact!
Things you can do from your couch
Save electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip
and turning them off completely when not in use, including your computer.
Stop paper bank statements and pay your bills online of via mobile.
Speak up! Ask your local and national authorities to engage in initiatives
that don't harm people or the planet. You can also voice your support for the
Paris Agreement and ask your country to ratify it or sign it if it hasn't yet.
Turn off the lights. Your TV or computer screen provides a cosy glow,
so turn off other lights if you don't need them.
Do a bit of online research and buy only from companies that you know
have sustainable practices and don't harm the enviroment.
Report online bullies. If you notice harassment on a message board or
in a chat room, flag that person.
In addition to the above, offset your remaining carbon emissions!
You can calculate your carbon footprint and purchase climate credits from
Climate Neutral Now. In this way, you help reduce global emissions faster!
Things you can do from home
Air dry. Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine.
If you do wash your clothes, make sure the load is full.
Take short showers. Bathtubs require gallons more water than a 5-10 minute shower.
Eat less meat, poultry, and fish. More resources are used to provide meat
Compost - composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while
also recycling nutrients.
Recycling paper, plastic, glass, and aluminium keeps landfills from growing.
Buy minimally packaged goods.
Plug air leaks in windows and doors to increase energy efficiency.
Adjust your thermostat, lower in the winter, higher in summer.
Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and light bulbs.
Things you can do in your neighbourhood
Neighbourhood Nice Guy
Shop local. Supporting neighbourhood businesses keeps people employed
and helps prevent trucks from driving far distances.
Let your favourite businesses know that ocean-friendly seafood
is on your shopping list.
Shop only for sustainable seafood. There are now many apps that will
tell you what is safe to consume.
Bike, walk, or take public transport. Save the car trips for when
you've got a big group.
Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Cut down on waste and
maybe even save money at the coffee shop.
Bring your own bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start
carrying your own reusable totes.
Take fewer napkins. You don't need a handful of napkins to eat your
takeout. Take just what you need.
Shop vintage. Brand-new isn't necessarily the best. See what you can
repurpose from second-hand shops.
Donate what you don't use. Local charities will give your gently used
clothes, books, and furniture a new life.
Take advantage of your right to elect the leaders in your country
and local community.
Things you could do at work
Give fruits or snacks that you don't want to someone who needs
and is asking for help.
Does everyone at work have access to healthcare? Find out what
your rights are to work. Fight against inequality.
Mentor young people. It's a thoughtful, inspiring, and a powerful
way to guide someone towards a better future.
Voice your support for equal pay for equal work.
Lend your voice to talk about the lack of toilets in many communities
around the world!
Make sure your company uses energy efficient heating and cooling technology.
Raise your voice against any type of discrimination in your office. Everyone
is equal regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, social background,
and physical abilites.
Bike, walk, or take public transportation to work. Save the car trips
for when you've got a big group.
Organize a No Impact Week at work. Learn to live more sustainably
for at least a week: Be the Change.