There are so many ways to make a difference in the world and the environment. From composting to installing a solar panel system in your home to provide your energy, there are so many options it might seem overwhelming. How do you decide where to start and more importantly – once you’ve decided, how do you make the transition a smooth one?
Prioritize and Plan
Choose one new habit or one area of your life where you want to make a change. What’s the most important change you feel capable of tackling right now? Where do you think you can make the biggest difference? For example, maybe you want to start eating more organic and locally grown foods.
Once you’ve decided what’s most important to you, consider how you can accomplish your goals. For example, if you want to eat more organic and locally grown foods you might join a CSA, add a garden to your yard, or visit the local farmer’s market to get your produce.
This helps you add organic and locally grown produce to your daily life. It also helps cut down on emissions and your carbon footprint because the food you’re buying doesn’t have to travel far to get to your table.
Make Small Changes
Decide what you can do and take small steps. Your changes and goals should be realistic and achievable. For example, maybe gardening isn’t really something you have time for but you can visit the farmer’s market once a week. That’s a realistic goal that you can achieve.
Be Patient and Persistent
Finally, keep in mind that it takes a few weeks to create a habit. Every step you take to live a more sustainable life is a positive step. Be patient with yourself and persistent in your life changes.