How can we make the world a better place?
There are many answers to that question, and hopefully you will find some that interest you here. Everyone can have an impact. Here are some things that I do, and plan to do:
Activism – both social and environment
The rise of the internet has given us so much more power to participate and organize. We the people, at the grassroots level, can mobilize without ever leaving our homes. One of the biggest ways to remain active and make your voice heard is by signing petitions, and there are many online petition sites that make it easy for us:
- Environmental Defense Fund
- Earth Justice
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- Center for Biological Diversity
- Sum of Us
- Food and Water Watch
This is such an important effort, and we can all contribute by choosing to buy sustainable foods. Find small farms that you can buy directly from. Look for them. There are more than you think. And do the research to make sure that the farm is using sustainable methods. If they are not, maybe you can help point them in the right direction.
Buying food that is labeled ‘Organic’ is not enough, as these ‘certifications’ are often cost prohibitive for small farmers, and do not guarantee that our food is ‘organic’ in the way you might imagine. Government definitions of ‘organic’ vary wildly, as special interest groups have great influence on creating the certification process.
Some sites that can help you support sustainable agriculture:
If you are contemplating a move, a renovation, or ways to live more efficiently, you could learn a lot from various practices in sustainable architecture. From Hobbit houses to the Garbage Warrior to Feng Shui, there are countless creative options to help us live more in harmony with the planet.
A Smaller Carbon Footprint
There are a lot of ways that each of us can reduce our carbon footprint, and a lot of it is listed above in the other sections on this page. But even without any of that, we can still make a big difference with small changes in our behavior and awareness.