trees at the edge of a lakeReady to do some good for yourself and our planet? We start now.

“In a world of more than seven billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket.” David Suzuki

#12yearstochange – 5 steps to begin:

  1. Get behind renewable energy. Decide today what step you are going to take to move the world closer to 100% renewable energy sources. Live in Canada? The David Suzuki Foundation is leading the way with the Charged Up Campaign. Take the time to discover how you can get involved in your local community, state or nation to support the movement to renewable energy sources.
  2. Change how you eat. As Michael Pollan suggested, “eat food, not too much and mostly plants”. Start with a commitment to have a meat-free day once a week. Build on that commitment – buy organic and buy local when possible. Then, don’t waste food. There is the whole movement to eat insects, but let’s take things one-step at a time. Start with eating meat-free meals, at least once a week.
  3. Start planting trees – lots of them. Looking to make a big impact fast? Check out the work of One Tree Planted
  4. Take the first step in making your home or office more energy efficient. Look at the thermostat – can you adjust it three degrees? By adjusting the temperature inside and keeping your heating/cooling from kicking on frequently, you will save money and energy use. Three degrees can make a huge difference in the fight against climate change!
  5. Tell your story and listen to others tell theirs! As the David Suzuki Foundation stated so well on their site: “A healthy planet and stable climate aren’t political issues. It’s all about families, communities, energy systems and humanity’s future. It’s important to get everyone on board, working toward climate solutions. People are more often influenced by friends than by experts, so make sure to talk about climate change with friends and family. Tell your stories — about changes you’ve seen where you live, how climate change has affected you, and the changes you’re making to lessen your impact. Encourage friends and family to explore the things they can do about climate change.”