Today it seems almost impossible to make a difference and help improve the earth. However, there is hope and many things we can all do on our own to push our way to a greener earth.
America has been at the forefront of a lot of new advancements for years. Unfortunately, it seems as though we are taking a step back into our old, dirty ways. We were paving the way to a new, cleaner, and greener world. It started with the Clean Air Act and later the Paris Agreement. Last year it was announced that the U.S. would be leaving the Paris Agreement, an agreement to reduce carbon emissions amongst 195 nations, and this year it was announced that portions of the Clean Air Act would be changed to allow for lower pollution standards. I know, this might be depressing, but there are ways we can move forward when our leaders are moving backward.
1. Support Environmental Agencies
There are many agencies out there fighting for the environment and animals. Consider donating to these organizations to help them with research, legal fees, and more while they do what many of us cannot. Here are some agencies that are fighting the good fight for our earth.
2. Vote for Environmentally Conscious Candidates
Who we vote for and put into power over our country, and our land does make a difference. Some people want to preserve our land, put regulations in place to reduce human pollution, and protect endangered animals. Some people want to sell off our land, deregulate pollution regulations, and don’t care that we have endangered animals. Who we vote for does matter because these are the people writing and passing our laws that will either help or hurt our environment. Research candidates and get out and vote. Your vote does make a difference. Get to the polls and vote for those who will help protect our precious earth!
Learn how to register to vote here.
3. Let Your Voice Be Heard
Getting out to vote is very important but we don’t have elections every year. Contact your representatives and join marches and protests to let your voice be heard. Bring attention to the public, friends, and family about the issues we are facing. Volunteering for various environmental agencies and marches is a great way to help too.
Text RESIST to 50409 to contact your representatives in Congress
Learn about the March for Science
Okay, so now that we’ve gotten through the politics lets talk about some other ways you can help make a difference.
4. Be an Example
Practice what you preach. Don’t just talk about how to go green and ways to make a difference, get out there and do it! What you do can lead to educational opportunities where you can change the minds and habits of other people. Don’t be afraid to bring your reusable straw with you when you go out to eat. Brag about your love of an organic and sustainable brand on Instagram. Plant a garden in your front yard. Add bumper stickers to your car and pins to your bags. Don’t be afraid to get out there and show how you are personally making a difference. Show people it’s possible for anyone to enjoy their 21st-century life without hurting the environment around them. However, don’t put people down and belittle someone for not living a green lifestyle. Don’t be that person. Educate people and be an example.
5. Accept That Going Green Is A Way Of Life
It may seem like being “green” or “eco-friendly” is the next big trend, but it’s not. It’s a way of life. Yes, some may hop on the eco-friendly bandwagon while it is popular but what really makes the difference is when you stick with it. To really make a difference means to change your lifestyle. If you go “green” for a week and say, not use any plastic bags, that does make a small impact. But imagine how many plastic bags would stay out of our environment if you never used a plastic bag again? This is where the difference lies. You must be willing to change your lifestyle in order to reduce your own environmental impact.
Are you up for the challenge? Take a pledge to change how you impact the environment. Get involved and make a difference. One by one, we will all make a difference.