Make your New Year’s Resolutions with PRIDEJanuary 8, 2013 by clackey
Looking for New Year’s Resolutions that you can keep? Here are some suggestions.
SPEND MORE TIME OUTDOORS. Folks, we are blessed to be surrounded by trees, fields, creeks, lakes, hills, hollers, mountains, and wildlife. Other people drive hours to walk, hike, boat, or ride in the scenery in our backyards. In 2013, let’s soak it all in. It will be good for our health and spirits, and it will stir our desire to be good stewards. Here’s a great place to start planning a trip outdoors: http://parks.ky.gov/
STOP JUNK MAIL. Go to https://www.catalogchoice.org/dashboard. Sign up for a free account. Enter info from catalogs, credit card offers, etc., that you no long want to receive. The site will “opt out” for you, removing your name from those mailing lists. In about 10 weeks, you’ll have less junk mail … which is a headache for you and a drain on the environment. (For a fee, CatalogChoice.org also will remove your name from the mail lists that companies buy.)
BUILD AND USE A RAIN BARREL. It will cut your water bill and help our environment. It will store rainwater for your outdoor projects, such as watering flowers and washing cars. It will reduce rainwater runoff, which can cause flooding and carry pollutants, like fertilizer. If you want to build rain barrels as a group (school, club, church, etc.) project, we’ll bring all the supplies you need and guide you through. E-mail us at PRIDE@centertech.com.
THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK (bottled water, that is). “Imagine a water bottle filled a quarter of the way up with oil. That’s about how much oil was needed to produce the bottle.” WOW! That’s one of the convincing arguments for choosing tap water over bottled water in this article from National Geographic Kids: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/spacescience/water-bottle-pollution/. For convenient water on the go, fill a re-usable aluminum or stainless steel water bottle.
UNPLUG. Phone chargers, TVs, printers and other “always on” devices drain energy even when not in use. To save time, plug all such devices into power strips that you can turn off. Check our “PRIDE Re-Energized” page for more cost-saving energy conservation tips and resources: http://kypride.org/?p=1335
SIMPLIFY. “How much stuff do you have in your home that you do not use? How much do you buy that you rarely use? We, as conscious consumers, have to start recognizing that resources are starting to become limited, and we need to do our part to consume less by using everything we buy.” Quote taken from this link: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/green-new-years-resolutions.htm
RESEARCH RECYCLING. There may be more recycling options near you than you think. At http://search.earth911.com/ search for facilities closest to your zip code to recycle any item, from computers to used oil. Turn any container into a recycling bin with our PRIDEful Recycler labels you can print here: http://kypride.org/?p=985