Today I'm sharing 5 Things I am doing in my life that will hopefully help the environment.
Allow me to explain...
This clown in the White House has made me a person of action. I marched at the Women's March on January 21st and I vowed for that to be the BEGINNING of me being more active and doing good in the world. But what can I do besides vote, urge others to vote, call my reps, urge others to call their reps...
Well, I've started doing a couple of things...
1. I'm making a monthly donation to Planned Parenthood. I am fortunate enough to have health insurance through my employer. No, it's not perfect, but I am very thankful for it and I can afford the deductibles and co-pays. Not everyone is that lucky.
If the government allows states to opt out of Title X, I won't be affected, but many low income men and women are not going to be able to get healthcare. My monthly donation is not a lot, but at least it's something.
Sometimes, you have to put your money where your mouth is. If you don't already do this, pick a cause or program that is important to you and support it.
2. I'm becoming more energy efficient. We replaced our dinosaur washing machine with an energy efficient one. Even though we don't use our dryer a lot, we are slowly phasing it out completely and are putting up a wash line.
3. We're getting solar panels! We are currently in the process of getting panels from Solar City. I'm really excited about this as not only is it good for the planet but it is going to be cheaper than powering our home with electricity only.
4. I want to buy less STUFF. Especially less new stuff. We have some great consignment stores around here and I want to be more mindful that there are a lot of things I can buy used.
5. I'm looking into starting a compost pile and making/getting a rain barrel. I definitely need my mom's help on this last one!
If we all do some LITTLE things, it can add up to big things!
Check out this article from the New York Times:
Can you think of anything else I could be doing? If you read my blog regularly or know me in "real life" I'm sure you know what types of things I care about...
What causes or programs do you support?
Do you have energy efficient appliances?
Any tips for a compost pile or rain barrel?