When making plans for the coming year it is common to think of our resolutions from a negative point of view – what we are going to give up or stop doing. We reckon that approaching things from a positive mindset makes plans much easier to carry out. So we have come up with a year’s worth of fun green things that you can do as a family and will unveil a new action you can take every month.
Taking positive action is a great way to involve the whole family in the quest to reduce your environmental footprint. Try incorporating our monthly ideas into everyday life and at the end of 2009 we reckon you’ll be happier, healthier and greener!
We’ll start with something nice and simple and for January we recommend joining forces with others. Living a clean, green life is much easier, more fun and definitely more effective when practised as a community. Working within a group you can share your experiences with others and find out what works, and what doesnâ€™t, quicker, it gives the opportunity to forge links with others, share skills and learn new ones and also encourages new friendships to blossom out of common interests.
Find out about local initatives at the library or through friends and neighbours. If there isnâ€™t anything locally then you might be inspired to start up your own group. This neednâ€™t be a huge undertaking â€“ many successful groups have started off small, meeting fortnightly or monthly in a memberâ€™s sitting room. Some issues that you could tackle are; councilâ€™s recycling facilities, setting up a food co-op or greening up an area of wasteland locally. Organisations such as Friends of the Earth, Wildlife Trusts and Greenpeace also have local groups. Green Drinks is a network of like-minded folk who work in the environmental sector who get together regularly to catch up and make new contacts. Or get busy outside through your local green gym, organised by the British Trust of Conservation Volunteers. Of course, often the easiest and most sustainable place to start is with your own neighbours – perhaps you could set up a car share or recycling rota.
Good luck and be sure to share your success stories with us!
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