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A Bucket Is Filled Drop by Drop April 26, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Life Balance, Nature, Sustainable Living.

When we start taking steps in the right direction, we  become the change we wish to see in the world.

Even small changes can make a big difference because our actions inspire others to take action which inspires us to do even more.

A bucket is filled drop by drop.

1.  Clean Energy:  Urge your representatives to support alternative energy sources, such as solar, wind, and water.  Make the switch to clean energy by purchasing power from renewable sources generated by wind, solar, and biomass, if they are available in your area.

Join Repower America to receive alerts while working together to demand 100% clean energy within 10 years.

2.  Energy Conservation:  Run your dishwasher only with a full load and use the energy-saving setting to dry the dishes.  Wash clothes in warm or cold water. Insulate your water heater and adjust its temperature to 120 degrees.  Monitor the temperature in your home, setting it as low as possible in the winter and as high as possible in the summer.  Clean or replace air filters as recommended.  Buy energy-efficient appliances the next time they need to be replaced.  Replace incandescent bulbs with compact flourescent bulbs.  Install low-flow shower heads to use less water.  Add weather-stripping and caulk around doors and windows to plug air leaks.  Ask your utility company to conduct an energy audit.

3.  Transportation: Consider fuel economy with your next automobile purchase ~ aim to buy a car that gets at least 30 miles to the gallon.  Walk, bike, carpool or use mass transit more often.  Urge elected officials to support cleaner, greener transportation options, including the addition of eco-friendly bike paths and walking trails.

4.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:  Reduce waste by buying minimally packaged goods and reusable products, rather than disposable ones.  Recycle paper, cans, plastic, and glass.  Avoid air fresheners and other perfumed products  and buy organic cotton clothing, fruits and vegetables to reduce the use of toxic chemicals ~ freshen the air by opening windows, or using baking soda, cedar blocks, or dried flowers.

5.  Habitat Loss:   Magnificent animals like pandas, tigers, elephants, sea turtles, polar bears, and gorillas are losing habitat.  Visit World Wildlife Fund  and join the Conservation Action Network (CAN), an advocacy network that addresses environmental issues such as endangered species, threatened habitats, global warming, forest protection, fisheries conservation, and other major conservation topics.

6.  Promote conservation:  Don’t buy furniture or decking made of tropical hard wood  unless it’s got a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label.  Plant local species of trees and shrubs.  Buy seafood products that have the Marine Stewardship Council label.

7.  Go Surfing:  Find charities that focus on issues of personal interest to you: Environmental Defense Fund, Save the Children, Green America, In Defense of Animals, Make A Wish, National Wildlife Federation, HSUS, Doctors without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, and World Wildlife Fund.

Whether or not you can afford to donate to these charities, use their web pages to educate your family and friends about the challenges we face and the steps we must take if we want a sustainable future for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.

Finally, check out The Better World Handbook for small changes that will make a big difference in creating the 7 foundations for a Better World:

  • Economic Fairness
  • Comprehensive Peace
  • Ecological Sustainability
  • Deep Democracy
  • Social Justice
  • Culture of Simplicity
  • Revitalized Community

If we start taking steps in the right direction at a local and regional level, we will see a filter up effect that will cause our elected representatives, as well as business leaders, to take notice.

Quote: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

One small step by us . . . one giant leap for mankind.

What about you?

What are your favorite conservation tips and techniques?  Have you found ways to save money while saving the planet?

Related posts:  7 Ways To Celebrate Earth DayAnnie Leonard & The Story of Stuff  * What’s Your DOT??? * The Wisdom of Ecology (Sandra Pawula)


1. Tilly Bud - April 26, 2011

It’s good to see energy saving tips. I haven’t come across any new ones in a while, though it’s good to be reminded of the old ones.

Even little things like closing doors and curtains in winter and only filling the kettle with as much as you need would make a huge difference if we all adopted them.

Think I need to do a re-post.

Thanks for the reminder!

nrhatch - April 26, 2011

What I’ve been doing more of is speaking out to our representatives. I get alerts from Sierra Club, National Wildlife, Ocean Conservancy, Trust for Public Lands, etc., about upcoming votes.

With a quick click, I can send an e-mail to my representative telling them how I want them to vote on the issue.

The Better World Handbook is a terrific book (and website) about areas in need of improvement.

2. Paula Tohline Calhoun - April 26, 2011

I add my voice to yours on this one, Nancy! Reduce, reuse, recycle! My heart always sinks when I see those mega-cases of bottled water for sale in the store! All I can think of is that huge continent-size island of plastic trash that is floating in the Pacific Ocean. Don’t people use glasses anymore? Also, it is very easy and economical to purchase glass or aluminum individual containers so you can carry your own “free” water from your own tap. If this is out of the question or not practical for whatever reason, and you must purchase your water in plastic bottles, then PLEASE RECYCLE THOSE BOTTLES!

I am now off my soapbox – for a while anyway!

nrhatch - April 26, 2011

Plastic water bottles are a huge issue of concern for the planet ~ they pave the way for businesses to profit from our thirst.

3. carldagostino - April 26, 2011

Unfortunately it is filled drop by drop. industro-tech 21st Cen should be moving somewhat quicker than drop by drop esp with env concerns and remedies

nrhatch - April 26, 2011

From small trickles . . . mighty rivers flow.

4. Lian - April 26, 2011

I would say turn off the freakin light if you’re not there! This annoys me so much! Arg, my neighbours never seem to think this is usefull resulting in the light being on ALL NIGHT in our hallway.

Great post by the way! I’m doing the best I can to save energy and separate my waste. I think it’s great of you to create more awareness by this post!

nrhatch - April 26, 2011

The cumulative effect of all our small steps will start to make a difference. We’ll be more cognizant of all the choices we make on a daily basis and how they impact this precious planet.

Thanks for doing your part.

5. SuziCate - April 26, 2011

A bucket is filled drop by drop – I like that!

nrhatch - April 26, 2011

I paraphrased The Buddha . . . but I’m sure he won’t mind. 😀

6. oldancestor - April 26, 2011

Don’t forget to bring your own resuable bags to the supermarket!

nrhatch - April 26, 2011

Thanks, OA. I’m embarrassed to say I don’t always remember to do this. 😳

We do reuse the bags we get (to line trash cans and wastebaskets) so we NEVER have to buy plastic bags. But there is room for improvement.

oldancestor - April 27, 2011

I never remember either. I just like to preach.


nrhatch - April 27, 2011

It’s fun standing on a pulpit, isn’t it? 😉

7. Rosa - April 26, 2011

I’m really good about turning off the lights, recycling, reusing… but that reusable grocery bag thing is something I just Can Not seem to get a handle on!!

nrhatch - April 26, 2011

When we picked up produce from the C.S.A., I always remembered to bring bags to collect our lettuce, peppers, squash, tomatoes, etc.

Same thing when I go to the Farmer’s Market, I always remember to bring a bag of bags for fruits and veggies.

So . . . what is it about the supermarket that makes me forget???

8. Maggie - April 26, 2011

I’m pretty good about turning lights off when I leave the room. Most of the time, I don’t even turn the lights on at all during the day… light from the windows is usually sufficient.

And fuel economy… it gets on my nerves when I see so many people roaring by in giant trucks and Hummers. I’d be happy if we all drove Smart Cars. 🙂

nrhatch - April 26, 2011

I would actually like to see the sale of new cars below 25 mpg banned from roadways.

You can keep driving your old clunker . . . if you can stand the dirty looks you’re getting from more enlightened drivers, but you can’t buy a new one!

Not even if your last name is Schwaznager!

9. Tokeloshe - April 27, 2011

Great post!

nrhatch - April 27, 2011

Thanks, Tok.

10. eof737 - April 28, 2011

Go surfing! Now that is something I would like to try at least once in my lifetime! 🙂

nrhatch - April 28, 2011

Let’s go surfing now, everybody’s learning how, come on a safari with me . . . 😎

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