Photo by Rebecca DeVaney
With a planet in peril, resolutions should be easy to set. Here are a few Earth-friendly resolutions to kick start 2010.
1. Volunteer. Those who made standard resolutions to lose weight or reduce alcohol intake may wish to consider volunteering time a few days out of the week as an alternate means of achieving personal goals. Many volunteer opportunities involve physical activity. Why join a gym when you can help build homes for the homeless or chase tots around a homeless daycare center for free?
2. Go Veg. Consider becoming a vegetarian or at least reducing your meat intake. Few people are aware of the impact animal agriculture has on our environment. Animal agriculture makes a 40% greater contribution to global warming than all transportation in the world combined. Additionally, for every ten tuna, sharks and other large predatory fish fifty years ago, only one is left today. At this rate, all fish species will be gone is less than fifty years. We are contributing to and witnessing an extinction of a species.
3. Go Green. Reduce waste and recycle. The average person residing in the United States throws away seven and a half pounds of rubbish per day. Reducing waste and recycling saves energy, conserves landfill space and helps prevent further water pollution.
4. Enlighten Yourself. Before judging or casting a negative (or positive) opinion towards a cause or an individual, do your research. Open your mind by pursuing inspiration from all sources; history, nature, literature, arts, politics and so forth.
5. Feed the soul inside. Whether Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Judaist or still searching, we all have something in common – an energy source dwelling within a human body for a brief period in time. In realizing this, we can begin to envision true unity and experience inner peace.