This Sunday, April 22nd, its Earth Day around the world. In honour of that, I’m issuing a challenge to everyone who reads this blog post – think of one way in which you can reduce your environmental impact, and go out of your way on Sunday to do that. And whatever it is that you decide to do, I’d love to hear about! Leave a comment explaining what you did or are planning to do – you could be an inspiration to others! Not sure what you can do? Here are some ideas:
- Leave the car alone for one day and power yourself everywhere you need to go, by biking or walking.
- Lots of people like to go grocery shopping on Sundays, take reusable canvas bags with you and say no to plastic grocery bags.
- Instead of going to the grocery store on Sunday with those canvas bags, get on your bike and take them to a local farmer’s market to buy local goods straight from the farmers, and support your own community at the same time.
- Doing the laundry on Sunday? Don’t use the dryer – create a clothes line somewhere in your house or in your yard and hang all your clothes to dry!
- Contact your local politician and ask him/her what he/she is doing for Earth Day. Tell him/her that you want to see a renewed focus on environmental issues in your area. Make sure that being green is on his/her mind.
This is just a small sample of things you can do to lower your impact. But you don’t need to just do them on Sunday. Do something on Sunday and then keep doing it, see how long you can go before you switch back to your old ways, if you ever feel the need to.
Last week’s article about planning a green and frugal wedding, focused on invitations, was featured in several blog carnivals, including
- Yakezie Carnival, hosted by Money Q&A
- Carnival of Money Pros, hosted by Novel Investor
- Financial Carnival for Young Adults, hosted by 20′s Finances
- Carnival of Financial Planning, hosted by Thriftability
- I’ve been talking about weddings lately, specifically looking at food and invitations, so I was definitely interested in reading Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses’ post on 2012′s wedding trends and how they might save you money.
- Young and Thrifty talked about how having savings goals can help you achieve your life’s goals.
- Prairie Eco-Thrifter talks about what to look for in an ethical or green financial planner.
- I can procrastinate a lot when I need to get anything done, so this post by When Life Gives You Lemons, Add Vodka on how to motivate yourself to be more productive was particularly interesting.
- Canadian Budget Binder recommends that Canadian college and university start learning about personal finance issues now, before they start the next chapter in their lives.
- Digging Out and Up went to Planet Organic, an organic foods grocery store, with $35 – curious to know what she got for that? Surprisingly, quite a bit.