So far this year, we've looked at many personal changes we can make to live greener, more frugal lives. I believe that personal changes are extremely important, but for these last few weeks, I want to suggest a few things you can do beyond your front door. Here's this week's challenge:
GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography
As a shy, semi-reclusive sort of person, getting to know my neighbors is something I struggle with. I can tell you some of my neighbors' names, but not all of them. Beyond their names, I don't know much about them, and the fact that my kids go to a magnet school rather than our base school means we can't take advantage of the school bus stop to meet other parents. But getting to know my neighbors is something I continually strive to work on because I think strong communities are so important to building a happy planet:
- A strong community shares resources.
- A strong community has "More Fun, Less Stuff."
- A strong community is safer.
- A strong community is a time saver.
- A strong community cares for each other.
For more information on why I think strong communities are an important part of environmentalism, check out my post Strong Communities Equal a Happy Planet.
IDEAS FOR GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
- When you first move in, exchange names and numbers.
- Smile and wave when you see your neighbors.
- Spend time outside.
- Attend or plan a block party.
- Host a barbecue or other party and invite your neighbors.
- Offer help to your neighbors when you see an opportunity, and ask for help when you need it.
- Organize a neighborhood garage sale.
- Attend your HOA meetings if your neighborhood has a homeowner's association.