HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 30 DAYS!
DAY 1 Drink only water today. Consider this: It takes about 37 gallons of water to grow the coffee beans and process them to make one cup of coffee. It takes 52 gallons of water to produce one glass of pasteurized milk.
DAY 2 Meatless Monday: Eat less meat; consider eating vegetarian meals at least once a week. Livestock production creates more climate change gases than all the motor vehicles in the world. In addition, much of the world’s deforestation is a result of clearing and burning to create grazing land for livestock. Fruits, vegetables, and grains require 95% less raw materials to produce and, when combined properly, can provide a complete and nutritious diet.
DAY 3 Bring reusable bags with you to get groceries today, and leave them in your trunk for future trips. Recycle plastic bags at the grocery store. Avoid buying products that have lots of packaging.
Choose loose or bulk products and use refillable containers where possible.
DAY 4 Consider the food you threw away this week. Aim to reduce it by a third by eating leftovers, using a shopping list, and planning your meals. Try to buy foods grown locally; visit your Farmers’ Markets. Before arriving at your plate, the average meal travels over 1,200 miles. Buying products that are locally produced ensures that the energy consumed by transportation is as low as possible.
DAY 5 Think prayerfully about how we are using resources at an unsustainable rate. Reflect on the fact that the richest 20% of the world consumes 80% of its resources, while 80% of the population has to make do with the remaining 20%. Pray for people living in poverty and affected by climate change.
DAY 6 Recycle plastics that can’t be recycled curbside—plastic cups & lids, clamshell containers, food containers, straws, rigid plastics like patio chairs, kids play structures, etc.
DAY 7 Clean up the air around you to breathe well. Use eco-friendly cleaning materials for washing, polishing and cleaning. These are less harmful to the environment and break down more quickly.
DAY 8 Know what is considered hazardous waste and properly dispose of it.
DAY 9 Close the curtains to keep the cold out and the heat in.
Move your thermostat down 2 degrees this winter.
DAY 10 Educate yourself about our oceans and buy only sustainably fished seafood.
DAY 11 Buy something organic this week. Eating organic reduces the amount of pesticides and fertilizers released into the environment, keeping your family, farmers, and food handlers away from these chemicals.
DAY 12 Raise a fervent prayer to God, the all-powerful Creator and the Father of mercy, so that all men and women may take to heart the urgent appeal: If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation. (Pope Benedict XVI, 2010 World Peace Day Statement)
DAY 13 Landfill sites are a major source of methane emissions. Reuse and recycle your waste and compost your food waste to reduce the rubbish destined for landfill sites.
DAY 14 Have an energy audit and implement some of the suggestions. Increase insulation, fix air leaks around doors and windows, seal heating and air conditioning ducts.
DAY 15 Use the library – so much more than just books!
DAY 16 Disconnect one downspout. Collect the rain water to water your garden next summer.
DAY 17 Stop unwanted junk mail to save trees, cut down on carbon emissions and to reduce waste. Request electronic bills and statements.
DAY 18 Use a reusable water bottle rather than buying bottled water. Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste each year, which takes about 47 million gallons of oil to produce. The vast majority of plastic bottles end up in land-fills!
DAY 19 REFLECT on what you have bought and consumed recently and challenge yourself on your purchasing habits. Do you need everything you buy?
Pray about how you can REDUCE what comes in and out of your home.
DAY 20 Place a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank. You’ll use less water with each flush. Replace shower heads with energy efficient models. Click here to receive a free kit.
DAY 21 Bike or walk or take Trimet to work. If you must drive, combine trips and be sure your tire pressure is set correctly. Low tire pressure can mean significantly higher fuel consumption.
DAY 22 Avoid purchasing snack size servings of chips, yogurt, etc. Buy bigger sizes and use reusable containers to serve. Pack your lunch in reusable containers.
DAY 23 Reduce “phantom” electricity usage by unplugging cell phone chargers, computers and televisions and any other appliances that drain energy while in an off position. 8% of electricity consumed at home is from appliances that we aren’t even using! Replace light bulbs with LED bulbs.
DAY 24 Get rid of your unused prescription or over-the-counter medicine by taking it to the Beaverton police dept. prescription drug drop box. Flushed prescriptions enter the water table and eventually the soil.
DAY 25 Run your washing machine when you have a full load. Use cold water to save energy.
Hang your clothes to dry.
DAY26 Make a point of switching off all lights, TV, stereo, etc. as you leave the room. It makes sense if you will be out of the room for one minute or more.
DAY 27 Use cloth napkins. Run your dishwasher only with a full load. Use the energy saving modes when available. Don't use heat when drying your dishes. Open the door and let them air dry.
DAY 28 Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner every 3 months.
DAY 29 Celebrate Autumn! Plant a native tree or some shrubs.
Plan a garden with native plants that require less water.
DAY 30 Drink Fair trade coffee. Encourage your work to purchase fair trade coffee. Contact Eileen Sleva to place an order for coffee.
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Congratulations! You are on your way to helping reduce the stress on our Earth.
Now, encourage a friend to do so!
Now, encourage a friend to do so!