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).
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?