Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Greatest Impact

Guest poster Jaime (former author of the defunct Green Resolutions blog) looks beyond her garden as she thinks about this year's resolutions.

Isn’t it funny how your perspective changes once you begin the process of greening your life?

It starts so simply: canvas grocery bags, organic labels, and baking soda and vinegar. And it leads to bigger things: a first tomato plant, an all-out garden, making your own laundry detergent, and knitting Christmas gifts. Before you know it, you’re hanging your laundry to dry, you have a compost pile and you’re striving for zero waste.

Everything about my green journey started with a goal to reduce my footprint, to make the least possible impact (on the environment).

But a funny thing happened. As I researched green options and looked for inspiration from blogs, I came across a lot of posts that inspire me to make the greatest possible impact.

In the past year, I’ve learned about programs like Kiva, World Vision, Compassion International, and Heifer International. And mostly, I’m learning about programs like these because the people who are helping me learn to make less of an impact area also called to do more.

This past year, I had a list of 52 green resolutions to help me reduce my impact. This coming year, I resolve to learn how to make the greatest impact.

I can’t start big because we’ve our own economic woes, but I won’t give up. This holiday season, we sponsored a food drive at my husband’s business. His customers brought more than 150 canned food donations. My son’s hand-me-down clothes (most of which are handed down to us) help two mothers clothe their children without robbing Peter to pay Paul. Small steps, but I hope they make a big impact for someone.

I’m looking for suggestions. How do you make an impact in your community or beyond?


pelenaka said...

This past Summer I co-chair a one acre garden sponsored by our church. Besides organizing food baskets made out of milk jugs to fellow church members we made produce deliveries to the Salvation Army, A local soup kitchen, & a community center.
On a more personal level I try to teach a more simple lifestyle.
Your right you know it all starts with those reuseable shopping bags or in my case snagging coffee grounds from coffee hour at church.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

I love this idea of not just making less of an impact but making a better impact. I think we could all do much better in this area...As far as what we do now - we give 10% of our income to tithing, but I think more importantly, we just try to be aware of the needs of the people around us and help them when we can. It's a simple thing, but I think small kindnesses go along way.

Daisy said...

Making an impact is a great idea. I like to choose a focus: an organization, a cause that I can support year round in an eco-sustainable way. I'm a public school teacher, so many of my contributions are toward my students and their families when they are in need.

Green Bean said...

Great post. I think it is important in these times to help others without hurting the planet (or what's left of our bank account).

Levinson & Axelrod said...

Thanks for introducing all of these green ideas. Very useful and informational post.


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