Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Conscious Shopper Challenge: Plan an Act of Eco-Service

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:


This is the time of year for many of us when our thoughts turn toward charity and giving. I hope you're seeking opportunities to spread the love and warmth that we associate with the holiday season, but after the holiday hubbub has passed, I hope you'll consider one more way to give back: eco-service.

Eco-service is simply volunteering your time to clean up and take care of our beautiful planet. Besides preserving nature for future generations to enjoy, eco-service can be one way to offset your inevitable negative impact with some positive action (since none of us can really be no impact man).

Here are three ways you can complete this challenge:


  • Pick up litter around your neighborhood, local park, or even on the side of the road.


  • Plant a tree or volunteer to care for newly planted trees.


  • Volunteer for an environmental organization that performs eco-service. Many organizations arrange for groups to clean up rivers, lakes, trails, and other natural environments.

These were just three ideas that I had. What other ideas do you have for performing eco-service?

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