In the first of this 3-parter on solutions, I’m taking a look at simple, individual steps we can take that will make a big difference. The problems are big and daunting, but there are things we can do on an individual level that can make a big difference and help improve the economy, education, health, and environment.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to write your congress person. I mean, do it if you want, but we sort of have an intransigence problem when it comes to those folks, and if you’re depending on them to make things better, I’m afraid you’re going to be a little disappointed.
The good news is there is stuff you can do without them, and that’s what this post is about.
Walk (or strut if you got it in you)
Compost (yes, even if you’re renting)
Use Less Energy
- Open a window if it’s nicer outside than inside
- Sit on the porch
- Open the blinds instead of turning on a light if it’s daytime
- Think about how to win your independence from organizations that strive to have you over the barrel
Just act responsibly and with consideration of the bigger picture. A good way to start doing that is by thinking about how you can live your life without driving. This is key, not only because of the costs involved with driving a car, but because once you are able to do things that do not depend on the use of a car, you become significantly more independent and productive with your valuable time, and you are able to keep more of your money for things that really matter in your life.
But here’s the tricky part of all of this. If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know all this stuff and maybe you’re even doing these things.
That’s why there is one thing in particular that is the single most important thing you can do as an individual to make this world a better place, and that thing is this:
Spread the Word
Tell people about these little things they can do to make their lives better, or send them the link to this post. Talk to them without talking down to them about how those things have made your own life better. Yes, it can be awkward or difficult to talk to some people, but it’s gotta be done because there’s a lot of confusion out there and it’s been festering for years. Be understanding. The frustration that people feel is justified. They’ve been set-up and it’s tough to come to terms with that.
You don’t have to preach, but do share the information. You don’t have to make it political and stress-out your relatives, but do drop a hint or two about how they can save money and time by being sustainable.
Yes, sometimes drastic action is needed and screaming from the rooftops is warranted, but if that kind of thing isn’t really in your nature, that’s OK. You can still talk. You can still spread the word. You can still post an article or a link on your FaceBook page. And eventually, you are going to reach someone who changes their habits for the better and it’s one way we can actually begin to make this world a better place.