Personal Action Guide

Earthian Society members make a commitment to take personal actions to help create a more caring and sustainable world. We believe we are what we DO, and that our actions do make a difference. As Mahatma Ghandi said “we must be the change we want to see in the world” … it’s up to us.

Put a check beside the actions you will take …

IN THE HOME

  • Install energy-saving lightbulbs
  • Unplug electronics when not in use
  • Turn off unnecessary lights
  • Turn your thermostat down by 1 degree

___  Switch to a green energy provider
___  Don’t air condition an empty room
___  Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
___  Hang your laundry to dry instead of using the dryer
___  Repair and refurbish things rather than buying new ones
___  Do a house-cleaning and donate your discards
– mobile phone, computer, books, eyeglasses, clothes, furniture, appliances

TRANSPORTATION
___  Walk, bike or take transit to regular destinations
___  Car Pool
___  Use a bicycle for short trips
___  Turn your engine off if idling more than 10 seconds
___  Make your next car purchase a hybrid

SHOPPING
___  Use recyclable shopping bags — decline plastic bags
___  Support local business and local products
___   Purchase environmentally-friendly products
— cleaning products, laundry and dishwasher detergents
___  Purchase paper products made from recycled paper
— paper towels, bathroom tissue
___  Buy fair-trade products
___  Use a mug not a disposable cup

HELP THE POOR
___  Give to a charity that helps the poor – Salvation Army, Oxfam, etc.
___  Adopt a Child in the Developing World – Foster Parents, Oxfam
___  Give to your Local Food Bank

ENVIRONMENT
___  Plant a tree
___  Stop using pesticides
___  Pick up litter
___  Recycle glass, metal, paper and plastic
___  Compost organic kitchen waste
___  Donate to the World Wildlife Fund, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, David Suzuki Foundation or similar environmental organization.

INFLUENCE POWERHOLDERS
___  Write a letter to your government representative on an issue you care about
___  Participate in a demonstration or march

FOOD and NUTRITION
___  Start a small vegetable garden
___  Try baking bread, muffins, carrot cake, etc.
___  Eat meat-free meals once a week
___  Purchase locally-produced food

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
___  Read an article each week in each SHIP area (use ES website for this)
___  Exercise at least three times a week
___  Greet everyone you meet with a smile
___  Watch less tv
___  Join a group
___  Become a volunteer
___  Find happiness and self-worth through non-material avenues; minimize consumption and status displays

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
Albert Einstein