People and Planet. Social and economic justice. Environmental and community health. Good for BOTH people AND planet. That’s what we mean when we say green.
Nominate a project to win a green grant
The more nominations folks receive, the more great green news. That’s especially from all across the country there will be to share for people and planet. Seeing these projects all in one place will counter the usual depressing headlines. They’ll provide hope and inspiration to everyone that together, people everywhere are creating a more just and sustainable world. Again People and Planet.
Imagine you’re taking your children to the playground. You arrive to discover it covered in beer cans and cigarette butts. You don’t want your precious little ones playing in such conditions. But it’s not your job to clean up the mess — or is it?
As world leaders debate the right actions to take on global warming, you can make a difference in your neighborhood. By making wise choices and recruiting your neighbors. Therefore you can create a positive, nurturing environment. As a bonus, you instill the spirit of environmental stewardship in your children.
One thing I just learned is we’re on a mission to help small businesses survive. Especially during the economic downturn from the Coronavirus. As the US begins to open back up, it will be more important than ever. All to support the local small businesses that have lost revenue over the past few months.
So there’s an in-depth, comprehensive guide on the benefits of shopping local. I know this would really help inspire others to support the small businesses that give our communities character.
1. Organize a Neighborhood Cleanup
You could don a yellow vest and head out to pick up litter by yourself. However, getting the neighborhood involved fosters a spirit of mutual ownership over public areas. This environmental stewardship helps people of all ages treat common spaces with greater respect.
Organize a neighborhood cleanup. When selecting a date, plan your event at least one month in advance and select a time of year when more residents can attend. Recruit local merchants to provide gift certificates as prizes to those who participate. Visit hardware and landscaping supply stores to solicit donations of bags and other items.
2. Upgrade Outdoor Play Areas
Do your children play under the light of the summertime sun? While some exposure helps little bodies manufacture vitamin D, soaking in UVA and UVB rays can cause cellular damage. If it’s time to upgrade your playground, advocate for equipment with wooden roofs and sun to protect young skin.
Keep the environment in mind when redesigning play areas. Weave wheelchair-accessible pathways through wild areas to protect delicate flora. Add fences to preserve fragile ecosystems like wetlands that border common spaces.
3. Start a Community Garden
You can increase the sustainability of your community and declare environmental independence from part of your grocery bill. Yes folks, with a community garden. Such projects teach children valuable skills they can use on their homesteads one day. It also introduces them to biological concepts like how seeds grow into plants.
To get started, locate an appropriate plot of land and check if it’s available for use. Go online and research grants to begin your project. Block off a square or rectangle for each family involved in the project, and raise interest by printing and distributing flyers to your neighbors.
4. Begin a Seed-Sharing ProgramOnce
You’ve established a garden in your neighborhood, you want to keep it growing — without spending a bundle. Nearly every time you buy fruits and vegetables, you also get a packet of seeds. Learn how to save the seeds, and you have a ready stash to trade with others. You can swap sprouted yellow bell peppers with your next-door best friend and get some tomato plants for your plot.
5. Make Pet Waste Cleanup More Sustainable
When you take Fido for a walk, how do you clean up his waste? If you’re putting it in a plastic baggie, you’re doing the equivalent of tossing that sack into the ocean. Fortunately, online pet merchants offer rolls of Earth-friendly biodegradable bags for relatively little. If you’re in charge of restocking the containers at the dog park, opt for this version. If not, talk to your local parks and recreation department about making the switch.
6. Shop at Local Merchants
Shopping locally benefits the environment in many ways. Products produced nearby cost little in terms of carbon emissions to ship. Conversely, big box stores contribute to traffic congestion and choking particulates.
Buying local produce keeps arable land in the hands of farmers — not developers who care only about turning a profit. When you purchase fruits and vegetables, do so at the farmers market. This decision protects the homes of wildlife from getting paved into parking lots.