Get Involved!

The only way to make anything better is to get out there and do something about it. I don’t care what it is, but you need to be active in the fight for a sustainable future. There are so many different things you can do that there is no reason for you not to. I’ll even give you some ideas.

First, get out there and take a walk in your neighborhood. Go for a hike and explore our state and national parks. When you’re out there, you will probably fall in love with the natural beauty of Indiana (or wherever it is you live) and be inspired to help sustain it. Take a look and see what you can do to help. What do you notice and what can you do about it? Does there need to be more trash cans on your local trail? Do we need more trees to prevent soil erosion or dunes to prevent beach erosion? Let your local and state officials know and get your community involved.

Now that you have seen and appreciated how beautiful Indiana (or wherever) is, we need to protect another important resource: our water. You can take a morning (or a few) and participate in a beach or river clean up. Lobby for mesh coverings or even just notices for storm drains that empty into rivers or streams, a trash wheel for waterways, more trash cans at beaches, or anything else you can think of that will prevent garbage from getting into our water in the first place. Use biodegradable and natural cleaning products so that you are not adding to the problem, and don’t dump grease down your drain.

Next, plant yourself a garden. There are health benefits in it for you and you can plant and grow the things you want to eat. Planting native flowers will help the local bee population, which helps local farmers. Plant trees and then enjoy the fresher air and the shade it provides. Use natural fertilizers and pesticides (did you know ladybugs are a good pesticide? How natural and awesome is that?) instead of harsh chemicals to take care of your garden. Compost your leaves and organic waste (like eggshells and table scraps) and you’ll reduce your carbon footprint and keep the soil healthy. If you don’t have a yard, you can plant a rooftop garden, a hanging garden, or you can even stick a few plants on your windowsill. It is a win all around.

Go green by installing solar panels if you can. If you’re building a home, use energy efficient and green materials. Reduce your energy consumption in any ways you can think of: turn off appliances when not in use (surge protectors are great for this), use solar lights for outdoor lighting, and replace big energy consuming appliances with more efficient models as you can.

Whether you choose to get involved in your own yard or on a bigger scale, you need to do something. We all do.