TORONTO, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - Many of us start a New Year by making
resolutions to change for the better. Along with traditional
resolutions such as losing weight, increasing exercise and committing
to a better work-life balance, why not broaden your horizon and make a
simple resolution to help make the world a better place? Having a
positive impact is a lot easier than you think. The resolutions found
below are easy to stick to so you can feel great and make a difference
all year without breaking a sweat!
I will become well informed about one environmental or social issue that moves me.
Simply read one book or magazine article on a topic that interests you
such as saving the rainforests or opposing child labour practices.
Next, spend an hour or two exploring internet resources about this
issue. Then, look into whether there is one action step you can take to
help, such as volunteering with a local group, or perhaps writing to
your local government representative for support.
I will change the world one bag at a time.
You can make a difference starting in your own community by not
accepting bags when you make purchases, including the bags that are
provided in the fresh produce section of the grocery store. Carry a
reusable bag with you to use whenever you make a purchase.
I will try to avoid purchasing products that are packaged.
The packaging of goods not only places heavy demands on the world's
natural resources but also creates large volumes of unnecessary waste.
When you are shopping and have the choice between products that are
heavily packaged and those that are not, consider bypassing the
pre-packaged products and make packaging a consideration in your
purchase decision. Or, support the large network of second-hand stores
by buying gently used rather than new items so you not only get a great
deal, but help to limit the amount of waste created by packaging.
I'll give more eco-friendly gifts that make a difference in the lives of people who really need it.
Designate the gift-money you received this past holiday season for the
special people in your life. Many charities have year-round catalogues
containing helpful and practical gift items that help those most in
need. In many cases these gifts are eco-friendly because they don't
need to be wrapped or shipped and are sourced in local communities
around the globe. For example, World Vision reports hens and a rooster
as the most popular gift catalogue choice by Canadians.
SOURCE World Vision Canada
For further information:
Jane Bargout, 905-565-6200 ext. 2149, Jane_Bargout@worldvision.ca