I’m excited about this post, and I hope you like it! I’ve compiled 20 ways to take your environmentally friendly lifestyle to the next level. So, if you’ve been making Zero Waste swaps and want to do a bit more, this post is for you! If you’re already doing lots in your community, you may wish to share this post with your friends.
As always, this is just a set of guidelines, and not every suggestion will work for everyone. Rather, I’m hoping that one or two may spark some inspiration. I’d also love to know what else you’d add to this list. I’m sure there are tons more ideas! What do you do to “take the next step?”
Take the next step:
- Create a Little Free Library or Little Free Pantry in your neighbourhood.
- Create a community garden (talk to your city to learn how).
- Set up a community Buy Nothing Group.
- Host a weekly/monthly community soup dinner or climate-related book club.
- Organize a kids’ toy/book/clothing swap.
- Organize a clothing swaps for adults.
- Write an email/letter or make a phone call to local politicians every week or month about a pertinent issue.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about a pertinent issue.
- Write a positive or negative feedback letter/email to a company.
- Share your skills: host a free gardening class, sourdough bread-making class, knitting class, bike repair class, etc.
- Start an environmental group at your school and workplace to target specific issues (waste, policy, food, etc).
- Look up organizations near you that you’d like to get involved in: food security, climate action, rewinding projects, regenerative agriculture, social justice, etc. (There isn’t one? Start one!)
- Volunteer to plant trees.
- Research climate protests near you and attend.
- Attend city council meetings. That way you’ll learn what’s going on, the key players, and how best to take action.
- Read the news—including politics—to learn what’s happening in your area (and globally).
- Organize a shoreline cleanup or litter pickup near you.
- Create low-waste kits, or sew cloth produce/bulk bags and give them away for free.
- Sew cloth pads and give them away for free.
- Talk about the issues, in person or online.