In the time of resolutions and goals, actions speak louder than words. Environmental actions make our natural world a better place. One way to sustain a new habit beyond “seemed like a good idea at the time,” is to do it with someone else. When someone helps hold us accountable, we are less likely to slack off and more likely to find support and encouragement. So it is with environmental actions. Think of some fun environmental actions you can take with family and friends. For example:
- Pick up litter to clean up the neighborhood. Why not organize a monthly neighborhood litter clean-up walk? Litter flows downstream when it rains and makes stormwater ponds and lakes look unsightly. Litter can also entangle wildlife and be mistaken for food. Instead of waiting for someone else to do the cleanup, gab a dip net, some neighbors and a garbage bag. Become “litter getters.”
- Remove invasive exotic plants from the yard. Extend your impact and encourage neighbors to meet and remove invasive plants from a neighborhood park. Invasive plants grow aggressively and overtake native plants; this disrupts natural ecosystems. Osceola County is organizing an Air Potato Mega-Raid on Saturday, January 24. This is a fun activity for families and groups to help rid our parks of this invasive heart-leaf vine.
- Take reusable bags to the store instead of using plastic bags. If you forget to take reusable bags, load groceries directly into the shopping cart and into the car and then use bags once you get home. Soon, the reusable bags will become a habit. Start a contest with friends. Select a prize for the family with the least number of plastic bags accumulated in a month. Maybe your friends get to fix dinner for your family.
- Drink more water from a reusable container instead of disposable plastic bottles. Lead by example and purchase reusable metal or BPA-free plastic refillable containers for all family members for on-the-go drinking water. Ask for help so you remember to pack them into the car daily. Set a good example and provide reusable/refillable containers at family get-togethers and encourage friends at sporting events and gatherings to do the same. Set a “family fine for forgetfulness” and pay whenever you forget. You can accumulate money for a local charity as you learn to remember.
Chose an environmental action, lead by example and you can do great things together. For additional information call 321-697-3000.