Daily we hear about many environmental protection policies being under scrutiny and see so many natural disasters. It’s easy to get discouraged and feel like one person can’t make a difference in bettering the environment. Can they?
The answer is absolutely, yes! One person has a lot of power to make changes in their own life to better the environment and help to influence others to make similar changes and value similar things. One person can be a successful advocate for the environment, but how?
If you’re new to this whole “green” thing, but want to make a change, there are some simple things to do in your own life that will make a difference! We have all heard the mantra, “Reduce, reuse, recycle.” Reduce the waste and extra purchases in your life. Reuse by replacing disposable goods with reusable metal or glass, using Post-Consumer Waste products like paper. Recycle when possible and learn about what can and can’t be recycled! As a consumer, we have a lot of power to influence companies to switch to sustainable packaging. All that may be needed to spark a change is a simple letter asking them to consider making the switch. Businesses will try to listen to their customers! If you’re looking for a way to start getting organizations to use sustainable packaging, click here!
Let’s add a few more “R’s” to that mantra. We can Refuse things we don’t need, like freebies that we’d throw away or straws at restaurants, and we can let biodegradable things Rot! Composting is a great way to reduce the amount of food that gets thrown out.
For more ways to get started, or continue, on your “Green-Living Journey”, click here!
Once you’re living your greenest life, you’ll better understand some of the changes that you’re trying to convince others to make and you’ll realize the benefits! One person has the ability to directly influence those in positions of power by writing letters to the Editor or Congressmen. Those letters, especially hand-written and mailed ones, will have a good chance of being read and taken seriously! You can also volunteer your time with organizations that do environmental advocacy. Not only will you learn more, but you can also lend a helping hand to organizations that have contacts and resources!
An environmental advocate is defined as someone who protects the planet from hazards by lobbying for green legislation, working with media organizations, organizing events and fundraising. They have background knowledge in science and nature, enjoy speaking with people, and analyzing situations. This person definitely doesn’t have to be a professional – it can be anyone who is passionate about saving the planet!
At Bucks County Audubon Society, we value the environment and encourage everyone to take a stand for the planet they love! On the 1st Thursday of the month, BCAS hosts an Advocacy & Action Letter Writing Night where participants will get to learn about an important environmental topic from an industry professional and then how to write an effective letter! The next action night is on December 7th, 2017 at 7pm at the Bucks County Audubon Society (2877 Creamery Rd., New Hope PA, 18938). If you’re interested, please bring a laptop, tablet, phone, paper, etc… and use our free wi-fi to write and send your letters! These are free events that will get you learning and feeling more comfortable in your letter writing skills.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
-Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
If you’re looking for more information about environmental advocacy or how you can make a difference in this ever-changing world, check out these links!