I've always been passionate about environmental issues, but in the past it was hard to live an environmentally-friendly life without social support. I just didn't have people around me who shared the same enthusiasm over not eating meat or recycling. There was no one to encourage me to keep going or keep me accountable.
Over the last few years, things have changed though. It's now generally easier to live an environmentally-friendly lifestyle than it was 10 years ago. There is now a lot more public awareness about environmentalism. Melbourne is also morphing into the "vegan capital of the world" and I'm amazed at how easy it is to get vegan options at cafes and supermarkets now. Most importantly, I also started making friends with people who share the same passions. It's so much easier to fight the good fight when you have people around you spurring you on!
So these are my environmental goals for 2018:
- Start composting. I live in an apartment so I'll be using a Bokashi bin for food scraps. When the bin is full, we'll be adding it to a friend's worm compost bin since we don't have a garden to bury it in. If you don't know anyone with a worm compost, you could also look for community gardens in your area and ask if they would accept food scraps for compost.
- Eat less animal products. For most people, going full-on vegan is not sustainable. We can all make a difference if we just cut down on our consumption of animal products though- every little bit counts! My husband is now very supportive of me cooking more vegetarian and vegan meals so that definitely helps. I'm also attempting to cut down on dairy products, which is a really tough one for me.
- Choose products with less packaging.
- Stop wasting food. Make an effort to eat/cook all the food I've bought before it goes off and I have to throw it out.
- Cut down on my usage of single-use disposable items.
- Be conscious of not wasting water and electricity.
- Only buy things that I really need. Shop secondhand when I can.
- Figure out how to plant veggies in pots on my balcony. I'm honestly THE WORST when it comes to keeping plants alive, but I feel I owe it to mother nature to at least try! Hopefully now with friends who are able to show me the way, I can somehow learn to do this!
At the rate humans are multiplying and how we're going with our consumption of animal products and pollution of land, water and air…we're pretty much killing off all the animals on earth, including ourselves! I feel like we honestly can't sit back and relax and have the mentality that it's "someone else's problem" just because you don't see the direct impact when you're living in a nice clean city. It really is everyone's problem- if we keep going the way we are, we'll have nowhere to call home soon.
We can all play a little part. Have one meat-free dinner a week, use a reusable shopping bag at the shops or a reusable coffee cup to get your morning coffee, sort your recycling properly etc. If we all do a little bit, together we can make a big difference!
What are your environmental goals for 2018?
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