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There are small things you can do to make big change. Explore below for ideas on how you can support a more sustainable future!

 

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Civic Engagement

More and more, research is showing that law-makers and policy advocates need to be doing more to protect and support our planet. Laws are a reflection of our societies and the people that inhabit them, so engaging as a citizen in your political systems can be very influential for the future of our environment. 

Here's what you can do... 

  • Learn about important issues: The more we educate ourselves on important issues facing our planet (especially from a diversity of sources), the more we can develop informed opinions and understand others' points of view.

  • Talk: To deepen that understanding, don't be afraid to talk with others! Being in conversation can open pathways for dialogue, education, engagement, and empowerment, all of which can transform into civic action. Think about who can help your cause, and talk to them, too!

  • Attend or organize community events: Town halls, community meetings, and other events can be great places to talk about important issues and find solutions. Especially when working together, people in many different positions can drive change - including you!

  • Write or call your representatives: Whoever your local political representatives are, they are there for you so tell them what you think! Call, write, post, share. They'll see it and (hopefully) seek to understand your views.

  • Vote: If all the campaigns around the globe to encourage citizens to vote haven't made it obvious, your vote really does matter. Use your voice and encourage others to do the same.

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Recycling

We know it's cliché, but really - recycling makes a difference. Recycling reduces the need for new materials, saving precious resources and energy.  

Here's what you can do...

  • Choose recycled products: Lessening the demand for new materials by choosing recycled products can shift market demands, limit resource extraction and its impacts, and give new life to usable materials.

  • Choose recyclable products: Instead of opting for products that will end up in landfills, choose glass, aluminum, or compostable products that will eventually be put to use again.

  • Do it right: An astonishingly large amount of products that could be recycled are thrown into landfills every year simply because people don't sort or prepare their recycling properly. Everywhere is different, so get to know your local recycling guidelines.

  • Don't choose plastic: Other materials like glass and aluminum can be recycled very effectively, but plastic cannot. Not only this, but plastic often ends up in our waterways and into the oceans, where it can harm marine life and leach nasty chemicals into the environment. Avoid buying plastic, and bring your own containers and bags as an alternative.

  • Lead by example: Don't be afraid to look like a weirdo by bringing a coffee mug to your local cafe or your Tupperware out to dinner. People are often interested in your actions and will want to talk about it with you - the perfect opportunity to spread the movement! Plus, more and more people are doing this anyways, so eventually you’ll look like a weirdo if you don’t.

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Diet & Food

With 70-90% of water-use around the world going into agriculture, what you eat, where it's from, and how it's produced can significantly impact your personal water footprint and water quality for water bodies around the world. 

Here's what you can do...

  • Buy local: One impact of our food consumption depends on where our food came from - whether packaged or fresh! Buying local will reduce the impacts of your diet through cutting energy & transportation needs. Bonus - your food will be SO fresh!

  • Buy organic: Chemicals and runoff from agriculture often end up in our water ways. The 'organic' label certainly isn't perfect, but it's a start in recognizing the impacts of our diets.

  • Eat less meat: Making small changes like cutting out meat once or twice a week can significantly reduce your water footprint. Seriously - follow the link above to calculate your water footprint and see how much adjusting your meat intake can reduce it. It's crazy!

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Volunteer 

Water touches so many parts of our human lives. From our houses to our beaches, there are tons of organizations working hard to make their community's water resources better and they need help. 

Here's what you can do...

  • Find your passion: There are SO many organizations that deal with different aspects of our water resources and you might be surprised to find how many local organizations are in your area! Even if your passion isn't within the water space, explore it. Seek what sets your heart on fire and run with it (unless it’s pillaging the Earth).

  • Research local initiatives: It always astonishes us just how many amazing people are out there doing work in their communities. It's what inspired us to start Girls Gone Water, and we hope you can connect with the people and initiatives that inspire you through doing just a little research! Google it or ask around and be inspired.

  • Talk to people: Many people find their passion, hear about local initiatives, or get inspired simply through talking to people and asking questions. This grows your network and creates the space to engage, hear about opportunities, and best of all - have fun!

  • Volunteer: Whether you're giving your time or your expertise or both, channel your passion into supportive action by uplifting the places that rely on people like you to operate and expand their impact.

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Energy & Transportation

Energy from fossil fuels and non-renewable sources has a huge cumulative impact on the planet through resource extraction, delivery, and consumption. Byproducts from all these processes are negatively impacting ecosystems. And by the way, they’re going to run out eventually.

Here's what you can do...

  • Choose alternative transportation: Doing less driving, more carpooling, and choosing active or public transportation reduces fossil fuel usage. Active transportation is also good for your health.

  • Divest: Ethical investing is gaining momentum. Moving your personal finances and investments out of fossil fuels will help show consumer demand for clean energy and put less money in the pockets of big oil companies. Check out a local credit union or try an online investment management service.

  • Explore more locally: Opt out of your long-distance flight which carries a huge carbon footprint and instead, explore in your own backyard!

  • Off-set your carbon footprint: When you fly or drive, there are a number of organizations that estimate the impact of your travel and offer different ways to off-set your impact, like planting trees or sequestering carbon.

  • Use renewables: Choosing options like solar provides more energy with less impact. Many governments provide tax credits or energy buy-back programs for residential renewables, too. Not in a position to do this? Try civic engagement.

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Waste Reduction

Rampant over-consumption is degrading our water resources around the world. Extracting resources to make our stuff has tons of environmental side-effects, and our garbage is piling up.

Here's what you can do...

  • Buy less sh*t: While it's fun to grab whatever the latest trend is, it often leads to excessive consumption and more products in our landfills (plus, it’s expensive). There are many benefits explored from living lives with less stuff (see this minimalism blog as a place to start!) and it will inspire you to connect more with the people around you or even yourself.

  • Choose recyclables & compostables: As explored in the "Recycle" section, reducing your waste through composting and recycling will make a positive impact.

  • Compost: Composting enables us to turn organic materials that would've back into soil, fertilizer, and more! Even if your city doesn't offer curb-side composting options, many areas allow backyard composters or have community composting options. Some businesses will collect your organics and turn them back into usable products. Who knows, maybe you'll start a business!

  • Follow blogs: There are so many blogs dedicated to reducing waste in the world from a variety of perspectives. Google them, explore around, and find whose words or ways connect with the most. That way, you'll stay connected and inspired to leading a life with less stuff, deeper relationships, and smaller impact on our precious planet - and hopefully you’ll be entertained, too!


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