Guide on How You Can Do Your Part to Help Preserve the Environment
Part 4 Your Neighborhood and Community
Let us begin with a happy Earth Week 2010, Earth Month, and Earth Day, and yesterday especially, happy 40th anniversary Earth Day! WE have come a long ways from that first Earth Day in 1970, but we still have quite a ways to go. This week we are celebrating Earth Week, and Thursday was the 40th anniversary of Earth Day so we began a 5 part Earth Week 2010 Special Report How To Preserve The Environment. Today’s feature is about neighborhood and community environmental efforts, and gives you some ideas on home to make your neighborhood and community more eco friendly. We hope you gain some insight as to how to protect your environment and can pass some of that along to your neighbors, friends and family to help spread the message this Earth Week, and especially on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
For those who are concerned about protecting the environment, it can be frustrating trying to encourage legislation or other governmental action in this day and age. Environmentalists are often left asking, What can I do? Motivating others can be both challenging and rewarding, but even this starts out on an individual basis. This is good news for all you natural born leaders! If you desire to protect the environment, you can rest assured that your efforts will not be fruitless, nor are you helpless. You can do something alone, and it does make a difference. If you have ever wondered what you, personally, can do to help protect your environment, here are some useful thoughts, ideas, and inspirations for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day 2010 this Earth Week 2010.
Earth Week Special Report How To Preserve The Environment Part 4 Your Neighborhood and Community
Now that we have discussed some of the general basics, let’s talk about your close environment – your neighborhood, and community. What are some things you can do in your immediate area to preserve your environment?
Now that you are doing all you can to preserve your immediate environment, let’s step out into your neighborhood. One of the best ways to preserve and protect your local environment is to raise awareness and get others on board. Here are some ways to do that.
1. Organize a Clean-Up Day
You can begin this on Earth Day if you like, when people’s awareness of environmental matters is already heightened. Earth Day, after all, had to be begun and organized by someone, and now it’s a nationally recognized day. Let that be your inspiration as you rally your neighborhood to clean up. Here are some tips for holding a clean-up event.
-Decide on a specific area or areas that need to be cleaned up, and make sure the owner(s) of the property is informed and supportive.
-Be good to the volunteers and provide eco-friendly snacks and water in reusable containers.
-Organize everyone’s tasks so more gets done and people are inclined to help again.
-Make it an annual or seasonal event to keep things clean year after year.
-Inform your neighbors of the event via phone or email. You can also put up a banner or signs to inform a lot of people without using a lot of paper. If you want to inform people by individual printed notice, use recycled paper and insert a notice in several mailboxes with instructions for the recipient to pass along the notice to save paper.
2. Involve Children
Most parents want their children to grow up and play in a clean neighborhood. Make a point of inviting the kids to participate in your clean-up day. You might even have some activities just for the kids, or a particular area sectioned off for the neighborhood children to clean. Have some kid-friendly snacks available as well.
3. Invite People Over
Sometimes, just having people over is the best way to share your goals of environmental protection and encourage others to do the same. Host a green cookout featuring local, organic food or food you’ve grown yourself; give garden tours and give away cuttings and other plants. Invite people in to your home and yard and share what you’re doing and explain why you’re doing it. You will inspire others with your hospitality.
Beyond your neighborhood is your larger community. Protect and preserve your community’s environment by supporting local businesses and farmers. Here are some other things you can do as well.
1. Attend Local Events
If your community hosts trash pick-up days, craft fairs, music festivals, etc., attend these events and support the local people. If you are so inclined, participate in local fairs and festivals, too, showing your craft or selling your wares. Buying locally is certainly encouraged as a form of community support, but so is selling to local people.
2. Buy Local and/or Organic Food
Your local farmers need consumers to continue producing, and your purchase of their products supports them and helps ensure that the farmers will continue to provide your community with fresh, local food.
3. Use Your Local Transit System
Take advantage of public transportation in your area. It’s cleaner and more efficient than travel by car, and it’s generally very affordable. Once again, using the public transit system will help ensure it will be there for future generations.
There are lots of organizations that have the protection of the environment as their core philosophy and goal. Volunteer for an organization of your choice.
5. Work with Local Authorities
If you want to encourage recycling in your community, work with local authorities to make drop bins, recycling pick-up, etc. widely available. Some communities have recycling drop bins on city curbs and sidewalks, and/or curb-side pick-up of recyclable items. See about getting these sorts of things set up in your community.
We hope that our Earth Week 2010 Special Report How To Preserve The Environment Part 4 Neighborhood and Community has helped in your bid to reduce your negative impact on the environment and you will refer or inform friends during this 40th anniversary of Earth Day and please remember to keep your yard and garden green! Happy Earth Day!
Now that we have discussed some of the general basics, home environmental efficiency, and your yard and gardens environmental efficiency, neighborhood and community, let’s talk some more about your environment – your food. What are some things you can do in your immediate area to preserve your food?
Stay tuned tomorrow for the next in our Earth Week 2010 Special Report How To Preserve The Environment Part 5 Your Food, and we hope you will pass this along to friends, family, neighbors and anyone you may think will benefit from this report. Thanks again for visiting with us and have a great Earth Week and happy 40th anniversary Earth Day!