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
"Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles. "
Abbie Hoffman