To aid in your goal making process and to make your plan stick I advise using a pledge to yourself. This isn't just something you say to yourself, or think everyday. This is a physical paper in which you list exactly what your goal means and then you sign it so that you can see exactly what you stand for. This becomes even more powerful when you sign one with a group of people because when you make your goals public, you tend to stick with them longer.
In the green club at my school, we are beginning to implement a Green Pledge for our school where we encourage our students to sign a certificate stating exactly how they will help the environment and others around them - hopefully this will keep the recycling high and the waste low!
Without further adieu:
Responsibility Catalyst's Pledge:
|Protecting our Beautiful Earth One Step At A Time|
2. Water Conservation - This is one of the fastest ways we waste. On average 2.2 gallons of water per minute out of the shower means that by the end of the morning you are already using about 22 gallons if you are taking 10 minute shower. Turn the water off when not in use, the amount you save can be drinking water for weeks.
3. Electricity Conservation - 10 watts here, 60 watts there. One can save electricity in such simple ways that it makes no sense NOT to participate. Flip the switch when you leave a room, unplug unused appliances, and ensure your machines are energy efficient.
4. Fuel Use- Most of us need to travel in some form to get to work. Be conscientious of your modes of transportation and the amount of fuel they burn. The benefit of public transportation is that the 7mile/gallon busses are being shared by 30+ people. Make the responsible choice, and if you must use a personal car - drive it as little possible, and as efficiently as possible.
5. Buying Power - We as consumers have the ability to influence the economy by changing our spending habits. If we all make sure to buy from sustainable companies and demand responsible practices more and more businesses will start to follow suit.
6. Community Service - We all have needed help at one point in time. Giving back to the community is not only a thank you for everything they have given you but its also a way for you to help someone in need. Small things make the most difference from picking up a piece of trash on the beach to tutoring kids that are struggling in school.
7. Standing for Your Beliefs - Many people have become so set in their ways they refuse to change. Many don't understand the need to make a difference by living responsibly. You must have the determination to do good and stand up for what you believe in and not let the naysayers get you down.
8. Tracking Progress- This gives you a sense of accomplishment and the encouragement to keep making small changes. If you can't see that taking a 5 minute shower instead of a 10 minute shower saves you 11 gallons of water then are you really understanding your full impact? Its important to know where you began and where you are headed.
9. Encourage Others - Its amazing that you have taken the next steps to living responsibly, but are others around you struggling to make a change? Encourage beginners by helping them out, or by giving them tips and tricks on how to make responsible living easier. Its always nice to have a community to support you, so be those open arms.
10. Always Find a Way to Improve - The most important thing to realize in life is that there will always be someone better than you and also someone worse. Even if you have become the best at the moment, someone is just waiting to come around and take your place. With this understanding we can change the negative thoughts into a positive statement. There will always be something more that you can do to help the world. Smile more, help more people, recycle more - its a never ending challenge to give back to the Earth.
I Rachel here by virtually sign the Responsibility pledge on September 3rd, 2015.
If you believe in these actions then please "sign" and post them near by so that you can hold yourself accountable. Its a promise to do better for the world - why not take the plunge? Good luck in your quest for a responsible life!