How To Make A Global Impact From Your Living Room
Even though we all live in confined spaces, we still have an impact on each other. We share natural resources, trade with other nations, and breathe the same air as everyone else on this planet. We are fortunate to live in a country that has access to clean water, takes pollution seriously, and has programs to alleviate poverty. Here’s how you can contribute to those efforts from the comfort of your home:
- Conserve Water: Our planet is covered in water, but only 1% of it is drinkable. So many nations and countries are hurting for clean water. Use the water at your disposal wisely to reduce waste. It’s a major issue for underdeveloped countries where people struggle every day to find clean drinking water for their families. Be careful to keep your showers to 5 minutes, only wash dishes and laundry with full loads, and don’t let the faucet run while doing the dishes or brushing your teeth. Make a contribution to The Water Project to give aid to others.
- Recycle/Upcycle: We are making more garbage than we are able to dispose of. Keep your trash impact down by refraining from using plastics. Have washable utensils, water bottles, tupperware, and anything else that you use every day. Instead of shopping for something brand new, look at consignment shops and flea markets to find what you need. Buy something that already exists to reduce the production of more things. Upcycle finds by painting them, polishing them, or modifying them to fit your needs. You’ll be able to put your own personal touch on a new piece of furniture in your apartment.
- Buy From Responsible Companies: This is one of the most important ways to make a global impact. It may take some time, but do a little research before you shop. Look at where their products come from, and how they are created. Stay away from companies that have factories in second or third world countries. Odds are that they are using factories that don’t have pollution regulations, and are taking advantage of the poverty of the country. Many employees are forced to work in dangerous conditions for hours on end with very little pay. Consider how the things that you use every day came to be. Be conscious of where your dollars are going and who you are supporting.
- Turn Off the Thermostat: Our thermostat is one of the biggest energy suckers in our house. We forget to turn off our thermostat when we leave home, letting it run all day. For as long as you can, keep your thermostat off. Add layers to stay warm, and open windows when it gets hot. By saving energy, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint significantly, reducing overall pollution. Where you can, consider getting technology to use sustainable energy in your apartment.
- Trade on the Stock Market: This one might take you by surprise. One of the biggest ways that nations are interconnected is through the global economy. Their success directly affects our market. The better we do, the better everyone does. When there is more wealth and stability, poverty sinks, more innovation happens, and there’s time to discuss issues at hand. Boost the economy by putting money in mutual funds and trading wisely on the stock market.
Be responsible about how you use your money and energy. Recognize that these are luxuries that aren’t afforded to everyone. Appreciate the things that you do have, and consider contributing to help bring these comforts to people all over the globe.