This past week was dedicated to Earth Day. Very rarely do people come together to promote change for the better, especially when it comes to our environment. But Earth Day and the week/weekend surrounding it is an exception to this general rule.
I myself didn’t end up out in the community doing any volunteering, though I know there was plenty of tree planting, recycling, and picking up trash going on in my city. What I did happen to do, however, was donate to non-profit environmental organizations to offset my carbon footprint. While it wasn’t a lot, I plan to donate that much every month from here onwards. To me, this is one of the best places to begin. From here, I can do and learn a whole lot more.
The thing is, I could be so much more for the environment and for my community alone. While reversing the effects of global warming takes an effort from everyone in the world, it all goes back to the individual people in individual communities to be built up on a global scale.
So that’s where I wanted to start, my “carbon tax”. From here, I know I can do so much more in terms of recycling. All it really takes is having a dedicated container for paper, plastic, and aluminum, and I’m good to go.
See, the problem is that I’ve put off the small things like recycling for so long that it’s tough to get into the bigger projects right off the bat. So if I can do my part in recycling the few polybags I have leftover from moving into my apartment, I’ll at least have taken another step in the right direction. It’s all building blocks from here.
I’m not exactly sure what my steps will be like from here on forward, but I know that I want to do something new and better every two or three months. If I can gradually ramp up in my volunteering, recycling cheap moving boxes, and getting more house plants, I’ll be able to tackle tougher items on the list.
For example, cutting back on my consumption of red meat and dairy helps to remove my own carbon footprint because of cattle’s harmful impact on the environment. Just as well, buying fewer plastic containers (such as tupperware) and making sure those are glass also helps. Heck, I’m even making sure to buy my clothes from resale shops instead of buying brand new clothes online.
No change in someone’s life is too small, even if it feels like you could be doing more. Everyone starts somewhere, just as every movement starts at a small scale. Eventually, you’ll be doing far more good than you ever could have imagined.