Achieving a sustainable environment had always been a major concern for many years. A lot of people are looking for ways to lessen carbon footprint by commuting to work (less driving), consuming more vegetables and less meat, buying sustainable products like face and skin treatments, and wearing sustainable fashions. Sadly, there are only a few who are aware of the impact we have on this planet. Regardless if we change our lifestyle so as to contribute to sustainable living, the real question here is - Is changing lifestyle enough?
If the answer to that question is no, then how are we going to achieve a fully sustainable lifestyle?
If we are going to think of it, we can clearly see, through individualistic approach, the interconnections of our environment to its inhabitants. This is when we are talking to our neighbors, helping local groups, and re-imagining where we are currently in. In this way, we will be able to take care not only our way of living, but our neighborhoods, towns, cities, and of course, our societies.
In some instances, we are contributing to the sustainability of society without even knowing. For example, when we buy bottled water at a convenience store, and the person at the cashier is about to put it in a paper bag or plastic, we choose to say to not take the paper bag since it is only a small item. Through that, we do not add another carbon footprint.
Tips to Promote Greener Community
1. Support local
Shopping not only reduces food miles but also keep resources circulating in the community. Plus, it is a great way to observe new and even meet new friends. You will never know, there might be a city farm or a community garden in your neighborhood.
2. Increase awareness of other people
Most people know what "go green" is, but the problem is that they do not exactly know how to go green. If you are using a bike to go to work, compost, or buy organic then you must tell people why you prefer to buy eco-friendly products over the regular ones.
3. A clear plan for change
Setting a goal is not enough. One must know how to achieve that goal. If you could make an alternate plan or vision for your local community it gets simpler to encourage action.
These are just some of the simple ways to promote sustainability. Remember that a lot of the things we do has a huge impact on the environment. Hence, the importance of increasing awareness on promoting sustainability environment and lifestyle.