What Can One Person Do?
30 Days of Climate Action and Inspiration
Our Heart knows a more beautiful world is possible... we just don't always see how changing out one individual LED light bulb will get us there...
The problem of Global Warming feels so big.
Is it any wonder that some people ignore the problem or deny it, or simply give up and say "we are screwed".
Yes, let's acknowledge that personal "lifestyle" actions seem almost ridiculous in the face of such a large-scale problem. Drive less? Recycle more? Turn off the lights? Really? How is THIS going to stop the destruction?
Yet... personal action matters and here's why.
First, small actions all add up
Second, what would we be doing if we weren't doing something?
Third, we underestimate the power of our intention in a situation where early action matters so much.
Scientists tell us that action NOW has much greater impact than action later.
Every action is significant in the next few years, no matter how small. Necessary even.
Necessary, but not sufficient.
Keep in mind that difficult does not mean impossible.
So, the initial challenge is not choosing which perfect action to take, but how to start moving in a direction, keep at it, sustain it, to magnify it and to transcend beyond the personal into a true shift in how all humans relate to the natural world.
More on that in the days to come. For today, let's exercise our action muscles and take one more of those small step in the right direction.
Day 4 Action:
1. In your notebook, under "Day Four" make a quick inventory of what you are already personally doing to make a difference on climate.
Consider ways that you save energy, water or reduce consumption.
2. Celebrate! Yay!
3. Put a check mark next to the items on your list that you could deepen over the next few weeks.
4. Are there some that you can perhaps make more consistent, automatic or habitual? Have you recently encountered any new ideas that you are excited to try? (I've included a list of my own favorites at the bottom of this page.)
5. Now focus on the most interesting of these ideas and identify one small step you can take to deepen your commitment and make it real.
Maybe it is calling the propane company to fix that leak. Maybe it is adjusting the thermostat or, yes, buying that LED light bulb.
6. Do this simple action with deep intention and notice what happens.
That's it for today. Tomorrow we explore both the challenge and the opportunity of global warming
Thank you for all you do,
P.S. Short on Ideas? Here are some of my personal favorites:
Denise Rushing is an author, blogger, and environmental designer She is passionate about human-scale solutions to global challenges and creating a more beautiful future.