World Wildlife Fund – Making a difference for our planet. My membership renewal notice included more than a letter asking for my continued support. Dedicated to conservation and education, WWF included “10 Simple Things YOU Can Do to Help Protect the Earth!” And they are simple and easy! Which is why I give a “Hats Off To…” World Wildlife Fund!
- Put on a sweater. Remember, when you turn up the heat in wintertime, your furnace is probably burning fossil fuels. A sweater or a nice warm robe will keep you even warmer and will help conserve resources and reduce climate change.
- Put one foot in front of the other. One hundred years ago, 99.9% of people got by without cars. They took the train; they lived near their workplaces…and they walked. Using fuel-efficient cars is important, but we can save even more fuel by simply driving less.
- Go for seconds. Recycling doesn’t mean only separating your cans and bottles. It can mean using things a second (or a third) time. That nice padded envelope you got in the mail, for example? Instead of throwing it away, scratch out the address, tear off the stamp and use it again.
- Watch your waste. Items you may be throwing away can contaminate the soil and water for thousands or millions of years. Your community probably has special disposal procedures for things such as used oil and batteries. Ink cartridges can probably be recycled where you bought them. And many of the new super-efficient light bulbs contain mercury, so proper disposal is crucial. Check with the store where you buy them.
- Paper nor plastic. Bring your bags with you! By taking reusable bags to the grocery store, you can cut down on the 350 bags the average American uses each year and reduce needless deaths of marine life caused by plastic bags that end up in streams, rivers and oceans.
- BYOB. Last year, Americans went through about 50 billion plastic water bottles. Fill up a reusable water bottle at home and bring it with you. Don’t like the taste of your tap water? Buy a filter! (Remember, much of the bottled water sold today is filtered tap water anyway…).
- Flip ’em off. In much of America we can’t even see the stars anymore, due in part to all the electric lights. Keep the light on in the room you’re in, but keep the rest of your house dark. You’ll find the dark is soothing.
- Get in touch with your roots. Plant a tree! Good for the soil, good for the birds, good for reducing climate change — and good for the air you’re breathing!
- Get off. Catalogs are great when they’re from companies you like to order from. But if you’re getting catalogs from companies you don’t buy from, call them and tell them to get you off their list — and that’s an order.
- Support WWF. “We’re working to protect threatened species and preserve their habitats. We much act urgently and your support is crucial to our efforts. “
Little actions add up to big actions! Thanks, WWF, for a few more ideas for our ecofriendly journey!
Photo Credits: Top photo of the Earth by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Photos in photo collage: Hydro flask water bottle can be purchased on Amazon; Walking photo courtesy of Geralt on Pixabay; Reusable feed bag by Katie Grenier.