“It’s up to us to save the world for tomorrow. It’s up to you and me.” – Jane Goodall.
And so it is.
It requires only many people doing little things. And it can be easy and even fun.
- Take your own bags to the grocery store. Reuse the bags – bring them again.
- Recycle glass jars, soda pop cans, newspapers, magazines.
- Try fluorescent bulbs and save a bit on the electricity bill and on the electrical energy.
- Plant desert trees on the south and west sides of your house to keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
- A bit more tricky for some of us, but install solar panels. Install a rain gathering system outside your house. Build a compost pile; your plants will thank you.
- Lower the temperature in your home by five degrees in the winter. Raise it five degrees in the summer.
- Unplug appliances not in use, including cell phone chargers, hair dryers, toasters.
- Tricky, but it helps, turn the water off as you brush your teeth or shave. Turn it on to rinse.
- Plant desert trees and plants for landscaping.
- Shop at thrift stores. It’s cheap, it’s fun, and you might find just what you want or need.
- Walk if it’s less than a mile, if you can.
- Carpool when possible. It saves gas and you may make new friends.
- Take public transportation if it’s available and works for you.
It’s up to you and me. Time to think and act. Time to do our parts, you and me.