End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Global Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up?
No! Change starts with you.
Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference.
Have a look at just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact!
Things you can do from your couch
Save electricity by plugging appliances into a extension cable and turning them off completely when not in use, including your charger, computer, etc. Charge phones when battery is down, not all night long or at every opportunity.
Stop paper bank statements and pay your bills online or via mobile phones. No paper, no need for cutrimg down trees or forest destruction. Plant a tree.
Share, don’t just like. If you see an interesting social media post about women’s rights or climate change, share it so others see it too.
Speak up! Ask your authorities to engage in initiatives that don’t harm people or the planet. You can also voice your support for the Paris Agreement and tell others about it.
Don’t print. See something online you need to remember? Jot it down in a notebook and spare the paper.
Turn off the lights. Your TV or computer screen provides a cosy glow, so turn off other lights if you don’t need them.
Buy only from companies that you know have sustainable practices and don’t harm the environment.
Report online bullies. If you notice harassment on a message board or in a chat room, flag that person.
Stay informed. Follow your local news and stay in touch with the Global Goals online or on social media at @GlobalGoalsUN.
Tell us about your actions to achieve the global goals by using the hashtag #globalgoals on social networks.
In addition to the above, offset your remaining carbon emissions! You can calculate your carbon footprint and purchase climate credits from Climate Neutral Now. In this way, you help reduce global emissions faster!
Things you can do at home
Air dry. Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine. If you do wash your clothes, make sure the load is full.
Take short showers. Bathtubs require gallons more water than a 5-10 minute shower.
Eat less meat, poultry, and fish. More resources are used to provide meat than plants. Cattle eat a lot of grass.
Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you don’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad. You can also do this with take-away or delivered food, if you know you will not feel like eating it the next day.
You will save food and money.
Compost—composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients.
Recycling paper, plastic, glass & aluminium keeps landfills from growing.
Buy minimally packaged goods.
Avoid pre-heating the oven. Unless you need a precise baking temperature, start heating your food right when you turn on the oven.
Open windows for fresh air, provide curtain nets to prevent insects leaks in windows and doors to increase energy efficiency.
Replace light bulbs with energy efficient versions.
If you have the option, install solar panels in your house. This will also reduce your electricity bill!
Take off the rug for a cool floor and homes; Carpets and rugs keep your house warm.
Don’t rinse. If you use a dishwasher, stop rinsing your plates before you run the machine.
Choose a better diaper option. Swaddle your baby in cloth diapers or a new, environmentally responsible disposable brand.
Use cardboard matches. They don’t require any petroleum, unlike plastic gas-filled lighters.
Things you can do outside your house
Shop locally. Supporting neighbourhood businesses keeps people employed and helps prevent trucks from driving far distances.
Shop Smart—plan meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buying. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable ite
Buy fruits at the farmer’s market or elsewhere, not those have been refrigerated that might otherwise go to waste.
Bike, walk or take public transport. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.
Use a refillable water bottle.
Bring your own bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start carrying your own reusable.
Take fewer napkins. You don’t need a handful of napkins to eat your takeout. Take just what you need.
Shop vintage. Brand-new isn’t necessarily best. See what you can repurpose from second-hand shops.
Maintain your car. A well-tuned car will emit fewer toxic fumes.
Donate what you don’t use. Churches and charities will receive gently used clothes, books and furniture and pass them to those who need them.
Vaccinate yourself and your kids. Protecting your family from disease also aids public health.
Take advantage of your right to elect the leaders in your country and local community. Register and vote during elections.
These are only a few of the things you can do.