Looking Forward

With the holiday season almost upon us, my thoughts are wandering ahead to the coming new year.  It is time to re-examine my past years resolution choices and how I have fared with keeping them.  It has not been too difficult to keep most of them…I did consider how achievable they were before I selected them.  I still have my long list from which I made my choices of doable resolutions:

  1. Air-dry clothes on a clothesline or drying rack instead of the dryer.
  2. Walk or ride your bicycle to work at least once a week.
  3.  Educate yourself on environmental issues.
  4. Walk or ride your bicycle to places that are within two miles.
  5. Get together a carpool to work or use the transit system.
  6. Reduce flight-travel by vacationing closer to home.
  7. Arrange to have a car-free day once a week or once a month.
  8. Plant—-trees in your neighbourhood
  9. Set up a work at home one day a week or once a month.
  10. Do not purchase paper napkins, towels, and plates.
  11. Use reusable cloth bags as gift bags at Christmas and all year.
  12. Donate magazines and catalogs to clinics, etc.
  13. One day a week, have no-electricity day.
  14.  Get an energy audit of your home and improve its efficiency.
  15. Install solar panels at your home.
  16. Purchase organic food.
  17. Reduce the use of hair dryers and appliances.
  18. Eat at least one vegetarian meal a week.
  19. Buy local produce instead of imported produce.
  20. Grow your own produce in your own garden, on a deck or balcony.
  21. Refuse to use pesticides or herbicides and encourage your neighbour to also.
  22. Compost kitchen waste either using garden composter or vermin-composting.
  23. Check to see if you can purchase renewable-source electricity (wind, geothermal).
  24. Convert all lighting to compact fluorescents.
  25. Eliminate or reduce the use of air-conditioning at home.
  26. Turn down your heating thermostat by 2 degrees at home.
  27. Install a programmable thermostat at home.
  28. Turn off computers while not in use.
  29. Install energy-efficient insulation and window at home.
  30. Eat a vegetarian only diet.
  31. Change to driving a fuel-efficient vehicle.
  32. Do not purchasing disposable items with lots of packaging.
  33. Use the library, instead of buying books, as much as possible.
  34. Always use cloth or other reusable bags for shopping etc.
  35. Always use biodegradable cleaning products.
  36. Always recycle and encourage other to do so too.
  37. Reuse and recycle all items possible.
  38. Buy clothing and other reusable items in used thrift shops.
  39. Meditate once a week on how you can reduce your consumption, and act on this.
  40. Plant native and drought-tolerant plants where applicable.
  41. Use a power bar for appliances and turn it off when on in use to avoid drawing phantom electricity.
  42. Set computer and display to turn off after ten minutes of inactivity.
  43. Reduce the temperature on your hot water tank.
  44. Be more aware of consumer habits and choices.
  45. Take 5 minute, warm showers.
  46. Install a solar water heating unit.
  47. Set up a reusable gray water system.
  48. Flush the toilet only when necessary.
  49. Do not leave the faucet on while brushing teeth or shaving.
  50. Reduce overall water usage.
  51. Install a system to capture and store rainwater.
  52. Pick up litter along walking/jogging route.
  53. Encourage a friend to commit to items on this list.
  54. Write articles/stories to help others learn how to be eco-friendly.
  55. Meditate once a week on your relationship to the environment.
  56. Write to local and national politicians calling for more effective environmental legislation.
  57. Support local environmental organizations.
  58. Walk up the stairs instead of riding the elevators.
  59. Carry positive, loving and caring thoughts with you every day this year.
  60. Open your mind to secular ethics as a way to world peace.
  61. Read the book Beyond Religion by the Dalai Lama this year.
  62. Read the book The World We Have by Thich Nhat Hanh this year.
  63. Read the book Living Green: The Missing Manual by… this year.
  64. Read the book The Big Picture by David Suzuki this year.
  65. Celebrate nature in some way every day of this year.

 

My choices for 2012 were:

  1. Educate yourself on environmental issues.
  2. Walk or ride your bicycle to places that are within two miles.
  3. Do not purchase paper napkins, towels, and plates.
  4. Use reusable cloth bags as gift bags at Christmas and all year.
  5. Grow your own produce in your own garden, on a deck or balcony
  6. Refuse to use pesticides or herbicides and encourage your neighbour to also.
  7. Compost kitchen waste either using garden composting or vermin-composting.
  8. Use the library, instead of buying books, as much as possible.
  9. Always use cloth or other reusable bags for shopping etc.
  10. Meditate once a week on how you can reduce your consumption, and act on this.
  11. Be more aware of consumer habits and choices.
  12. Carry positive, loving and caring thoughts with you every day this year.
  13. Open your mind to secular ethics as a way to world peace.
  14. Read the book Beyond Religion by the Dalai Lama this year.
  15. Read the book Living Green: The Missing Manual by… this year.
  16. Celebrate nature in some way every day of this year.

Now what about a new list or some additional resolutions to choose from?  I’m on the hunt for new ideas as well as reaffirming my previous choices.  I’ll post my selections for 2013 on January 1.  Meanwhile, does anyone have some resolution ideas to share?  I like to hit the ground running right on January 1, 2013.

Today’s “stone”  is Day 352  planning for 2013

 

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