When buying anything, whether it be a new NFTY t-shirt or a bag of chips to share with your friends on the way to Kallah, be aware of where that product came from. With every purchase that you make, you also send a message to the company produces it that you are in support of that product, the materials that go into it and how it is made. For a map of where your personal products come from go to www.sourcemap.com. Another great source that provides more information on consumption is The Story of Stuff Project at http://www.storyofstuff.org. Enjoy!
When it doesn’t snow in the Midwest and hits temperatures of 50 degrees in January, will it obvious that there is a serious climate problem? When there is an island twice the size of Hawaii in the middle of our oceans called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, will the world finally realize that we consume at a faster rate than the Earth can sustain? When the air has become so thick with chemicals that people must wear face masks to go outside, will we finally realize that something needs to be done about air quality? What would you say if I told you that all of these situations are already happening and do exist? It sometimes feels like the issue of our environment’s conditions is talked about everywhere; on TV, in schools and in everyday conversation. There are two reasons for this, the first is that the Earth’s future is in jeopardy and secondly there are little things that we can do to help. Bellow are ways that you or you and a group of friends can make a difference involving the environment.
- Protest anti-environment legislation like the Keystone XL pipeline. (For more information on this issue, visit: http://www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/clientsite/keystonexl.nsf?Open)
- Write to your political representatives in support of the environment.
- Learn about what your city is doing involving the environmental wellbeing of the community.
- Clean-up a park.
- Volunteer at a recycling center.
- Hold a Book Drive to recalculate old books.
- Promote environmental education.
- Organize an entirely green event.
- For ways to volunteer in 15 minutes, 1 hour and on vacation go to http://www.volunteerguide.org/opportunities/environment.
Just for fun:
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Unplug your phone chargers when they are not in use.
- Take shorter showers.
- Recycle at home and try to implement recycling around your community.
- Don’t use Styrofoam whenever possible.
- Use canvas bags instead of plastic or paper.
For more information go to:
NFTY has many great resources at http://www.nfty.org/green/.
There is more information on specific issues at http://www.globalissues.org/issue/168/environmental-issues.
Time Magazine also has a weekly environment update and can be found at http://www.time.com/time/goinggreen.
What is going on with the TYGs around you?
Mitvah Day is happening on May 6th, check with your TYG’s SAVP for details!
I hope that you all have a wonderful January!
Happy New Year,