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2011 Resolutions for a Better You, a Better World

2010 December 29

By Jeanethe Falvey

I realize that it’s past Thanksgiving, but I’m still thankful, thankful for the New Year holiday and the recent New England weather that’s forcing us to chill out. With the increasing pace of modern life, would we find time otherwise for a self check-in?

When planning your New Year, consider that healthy resolutions easily partner with helping the environment. If we all make one change in 2011, it should be to simply think about the impacts our choices have.

Get Inspired: Get outside and find your environment; a place to help protect for the future, just like someone did for you.

Decide to Act: Simply thinking about your purchases and where they came from is the right start. Our actions and our choices generate a domino effect beyond what we see, so make choices for a positive one.

Share and Maintain: Talk to friends and family, learn from others and keep it up! Simply talking about the environment spreads awareness; you never know who else you’ll inspire!

5 Simple Ideas to Improve Your Day, Your Environment

  • Think about your water and where your drain drains! Water Choices #2 & #3 Keep water clean by using biodegradable products, and remember don’t flush medications!
  • Learn about local food and produce, challenge yourself to a weekly recipe with a locally grown or organic ingredient. Air Choice #4 Buy locally, or grow your own. Reduce air pollution caused by food and goods transport.
  • Exercise goals can cut back on car exhaust. Go car-free or consolidate errands with friends. Air Choice #1 Use human power to get from A to B!
  • Lift at the gym, and keep our landfills slim and trim. Waste Choices #3 & #6 Cut back on your trash by recycling and buying items in less packaging to begin with. Learn about your recycling options in your city or town. If we counted our garbage like we count calories, would things be different? Label your trash bin “landfill” if you need a reminder!
  • Most importantly, talk to others. Compare ideas and involve kids, there’s no better way to get inspired. Advocacy Choice #9.

Find more ideas and talk with others about your Pick 5 New Years Resolution!

About the author: Jeanethe Falvey works on the Pick 5 International program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from Boston, Massachusetts.

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    December 29, 2010

    2011 : Best Chance.
    People in the world are feeling 2010 Climate Change made them shock to battle natural disasters. No power and chaos anywhere making us panics and afraid stay in the places. God didn’t hear our prayers and always try to the humans with powerful of planets rule. But we have morality, ethics and characters to survive and always learn about our experiences, without regret to do that.
    Happy New Year 2011. Better Us, Better EPA and Better World…

  2. Dr. James Singmaster permalink
    January 2, 2011

    The most important problem facing the biosphere that needs resolution is the controlling of our ever-growing messes of organic wastes including sewage. We are mishandling the disposal of these messes so the germs, toxics and drugs in them(EPA posted limits on several drugs showing up in drinking water barely a year ago) are escaping to pollute the biosphere, and they are in dumps or other land disposal getting biodegraded to reemit trapped carbon dioxide or are being incinerated to become that gas with other pollutants and soot being emitted.
    Those biowastes are already harvested biomass that can be converted into a fuel while destroying the germs, toxics and drugs through the use of a process, pyrolysis. As a New Year’s Resolution for EPA officials, I urge them to learn how via pyrolysis those waste messes can become a resource for many environmental benefits. Dr. J. Singmaster

  3. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    January 2, 2011

    This is good information. It is important also to use green cleaners in the house to the maximum extent possible. And there are also coming onto the market more green, natural products to replace chemical insecticides and herbicides. Reucing the use of chemicals in homes and landscape in urban areas will help alot to improve water quality and reduce soil and air pollution. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  4. Fadi permalink
    January 2, 2011

    I certainly with all the points you are trying to highlight. Definitely, this will be another challenging year for all of us!

  5. Anonymous permalink
    January 16, 2011

    I really enjoyed this post. It made me realize that every year I have been setting up my resolutions but I never thought of setting one up for my contribution to the environment. It is time for every one of us to start doing so. I will do mine right away. Wow.. I can see the impact my household would make if all of us make a Green New Years Resolution and keep our conscious living on track.
    B Jones

  6. B Jones permalink
    January 16, 2011

    I really enjoyed this post. It made me realize that every year I have been setting up my resolutions but I never thought of setting one up for my contribution to the environment. It is time for every one of us to start doing so. I will do mine right away. Wow.. I can see the impact my household would make if all of us make a Green New Years Resolution and keep our conscious living on track.

  7. Organic Vegetable Seeds permalink
    February 20, 2011

    Great post! There are so many little things we can all do to not only improve our own little world we live in, but also the world around us to benefit everyone else!

    We going full force with our organic vegetable garden this year (after slacking off in 2010! lol) We’ll be blogging about it at http://eorganicvegetableseeds.com

  8. Organic Towels permalink
    June 7, 2011

    This is good food for thought. It’s not too late to consider the environment whether for a resolution or just good living. I made a recent change in my lifestyle by using organic towels.

    You can feel like you are making a difference knowing that only organic fibers are being used in your daily products. It’s small, I know, but every bit counts.

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