Today is blog action day. Thousands of bloggers from around the world have picked today to get together for a common cause: the environment. I promise not to get too preachy, but the environment is a topic near and dear to my heart. I was taught from a very early age to recycle, to pick up after myself, and to look out for the environment. While it’s second nature to many of us, some still need a bit of reminding.
I know it can be somewhat inconvenient to consider the environment every time we make a move, but I promise my suggestions are painless and my ideas are simple ones. Here are a few easy things we writers and bloggers can do to have a positive impact on the environment.
Eliminate the Hard Copy – In the mid to late 80’s when many businesses were stating to make the switch to being totally computerized, we used to talk a lot of the paperless office. I waited for it to happen, but it never did. In fact, it seemed to me we wasted more paper using a computer than with typewriters. I know so many writers who like to print out a hard copy to proof their work. This is a wasteful practice. Eliminate the hardcopy, save a tree.
Recycle – I’m not talking about cans and bottles, though you should recycle those too. Did you know your cell phones, batteries, toner cartridges, computers and other items can be recycled? Don’t toss this stuff in the trash to become landfill, instead recycle.
Conserve water – Take shorter showers and don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth.
Put chemicals out on hazardous waste day – Please don’t pour them down the drain or in the garbage.
Invest in a couple of sturdy shopping bags – Use these instead of paper or plastic shopping bags.
I’m not asking you to go all hardcore and live off the grid, though if there was a way my family could do this, we would in a heartbeat. I’m only asking that before you throw something out, before you print out a sheet of paper, before you use a chemical, before you turn on your lawn sprinklers, please ask yourself what impact you’ll have on the environment.
Thanks for indulging me.