Sometimes some of the biggest ways that you can effect change can feel so insignificant.
1. Bring your own bags. Every time you shop! This can save countless trees or plastic from being created. I hate plastic. I never use plastic bags. The formation of plastic is so toxic to the environment and then it is hard to get rid of. We are killing our planet! Bringing your own bags is a simple way that you can make a BIG difference. "Each bag you bring has the potential to save 1,000 plastic bags from being used in its lifetime." (http://www.rensselaercounty.org/Enviroment%20Management%20Council/Plastic%20Bag%20Facts.htm ) That is a lot of bags. Plastic bags also impact our wildlife, who are also trying to figure out all these environmental changes that are constantly being thrown in their faces and they try to adapt.
2. Compost. This is a great way to get rid of waste and in the process get some free soil for your trees, garden, flowers, grass. It doesn't cost you anything, other than a little bit of time to go and stir things up and water it. It may cost you the investment of getting a compost container, though I have seen others who have composted without the use of a container. You can get rid of food waste and yard waste this way. This will be less trash going into our landfills (into our earth!) I will be honest I was so excited this spring, putting all of our new compost dirt onto all of my fruit trees that I have growing in the backyard and also in our flower beds. It made me feel like I was able to give back to them for all that they do for my family. (and the best part it didn't cost me anything extra)
3. recycle. Yes this is a word that is thrown out there a lot now adays but still I see so many folks not doing this. It is so easy and helps again to save our planet and have less waste going into the ground. Whether it is recycling from your purchases of food or items. Or if you are recycling items that you have owned and no longer need. Both are vital to the survival of our planet. Freecycle is a great way to find home for things you no longer want. Google it for your area. It is super easy to use and I have loved being able to share my treasure that I no longer want with those that need them. And also I have used freecycle to acquire things that I or my family needed but we may not have had money at the time to purchase it. It is a great way to help out the environment and also your fellow neighbor.
4. Vote with your dollars. What you buy is what the food industry is going to produce If you buy organic, or farm fed. The industry will try to increase the production of these. I do recognize that these items cost more. If finances are an issue, look at the dirty dozen and try to make organic purchases from that. If you are a meat eater, and can not afford to buy the grass fed, perhaps try to have one day a week where everything that you eat be vegetarian or vegan which would thus be decreasing the amount of meat being produced. If you have not watched videos or read up on factory farmng, I would encourage you to do so. These animals are living and breathing creatures, they are not a commodity. They deserve to have a good life and be treated with respect while they are alive.
5. grow a garden.
6. become involved with dog rescue. There are so many unwanted animals and so many animals are getting euthanized daily because people are not being responsible pet owners. if you have not, please spay/neuter your animals. Everyone can do something, some of the areas around the US are worse than oters butyes, tiny babies do ally get left along the roadside boxes. Kittens DO get dumped in trashcans. Animals get abandoned out in the middle of nowhere. Or just left in houses when people move bcause they decide they no longer want them or are of value. Educate yourself. Foster, adopt (from a shelter or rescue), transport! (if you have questions on how to help with transport please just ask me, I can point you in the right direction, donate, share. Everyone can do something. These are also living beings and there should NOT be so many unwanted pets in the US!
7. Make homecooked meals instead of eating out.
8. Educate your children.
These are all some easy ways you can help affect change and don't really cost you anything extra or the cost is minimal.