The holiday season is in full swing, and that means people are scurrying around the malls and online retailers, looking for presents that will make their loved ones smile.
Even though you might be thinking about reducing your impact on the environment as you shop for, choose, and wrap this year’s gifts, you might not realize that the planet has a wish list of it’s own.
Here are three things we can give, support, or do to make the planet a cleaner, happier place in the New Year:
1. Keep Oil Rigs Out Of The Arctic Ocean
The ongoing saga of the BP oil spill might have prompted U.S. officials to extend the ban on new offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but the delicate waters of the Arctic Ocean are still fair game for oil companies.
The Wilderness Society writes:
“There is only a limited scientific understanding of the biology of the Arctic Ocean, and cleanup of spills is nearly impossible especially with the darkness, fog, wind, and ice of the Arctic. Clearly, this is one of the last places where oil development should take place, yet Shell Oil and other industry behemoths are trying to win access to these waters.”
Take Action by refusing to purchase fuel from Shell and other Arctic drillers, and signing these petitions:
2. Go Digital
Between iPhones, laptops, and “the Cloud”, there’s almost no need to print or distribute paper copies of documents, memos, or records. Make a point to go completely paperless in the upcoming year, and you’ll not only help reduce the massive amount of paper waste generated each year, you’ll also rediscover what your desk looks like without all that clutter.
Take Action by opting out of phone books/junk mail, and removing yourself from direct mail marketing lists, and signing this petition:
3. Share Something
Our society has been focused on serving the needs of me, myself, and I for so long, that sharing is a foreign concept to many people. Despite what the big box stores may tell you, sharing things instead of hoarding individual items all to yourself is a great way to improve relationships, save money, and reduce your daily environmental impact.
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