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.

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 provide
  • 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 on the global situation each week
  • 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
"It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people."
Giordano Bruno