Start 2018 with a resolution that is achievable and benefits yourself and the environment – resolve to be a nature hero! Nature heroes are people who, in big and small ways, make a lasting, positive impact on the natural world. They don’t wear capes and fly, but instead work on making the world a better place by taking responsibility for their actions. As we look to the new year ahead, you’ll find there are many ways you can do your part and join the mighty Mass Audubon nature heroes:
- Ride your bike or walk to close locations instead of driving. Added bonus if this helps you meet a health related resolution!
- Conserve water by taking shorter showers.
- Only run the laundry or dishwasher when the load is full to conserve water.
- Use a reusable water bottle. Save money and plastic by not having to buy plastic water bottles frequently. Switching to a reusable thermos will also reduce your waste and save money from your morning caffeine fix.
- Bring reusable bags to the grocery store and decline bags when you’re not buying much and don’t need one.
- Conserve water by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
- Take the bus or train instead of driving to work.
- Turn off the lights when you’ll be out of the room for more than 15 minutes.
- Look into reusable energy options for your heating and electric bills.
- Switch to LED light bulbs.
- Unplug chargers when not using them to reduce phantom energy. Even better, unplug entirely and charge your phone with a solar powered phone charger.
- Buy local produce. When buying local, the energy it takes to transport food is minimized and food waste is reduced. Drumlin Farm produce is grown using a number of sustainable practices including compost use and focusing on soil health.
- Reduce your meat intake to one meal a day, or once a week.
- Recycle glass, cans, and plastic whenever you can.
- Pick up and throw away any trash that you come across outside.
Can you think of any other achievable nature-based resolutions you can make? More often than not, the driving force behind making these changes comes from within. In 2018, try to get outside more and really engage with the natural elements – resolve to hike more, take a camping trip, or pick up birding. Learn how to forage in the forest, track animals, or ID plants and wildlife. The natural stress relievers of the great outdoors and physical activity of exploration will spark the craving to continue. You’ll start to walk through a simple woods and notice the landscape is not just a blur of green, but each tree, shrub, and sprout has a distinct signature that sets them apart. Inspiration and motivation to make big and small changes will blossom and a nature hero will grow.
From all of us at Drumlin Farm, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to a positive 2018!