As we step into the new year and create our resolutions and goals for 2018, here’s how you can include the environment. Care2 has rounded up seven ways you can help the environment in 2018, including fighting for our public lands, reducing plastic in our oceans, and supporting renewable energy.
More from the list:
RALLY FOR OUR RIGHTS TO CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN WATER.
Every being on Earth deserves access to clean air and clean water. But these rights are being violated every single day right here in the US. Methane gases leak out of the earth in areas of fracking, increasing incidences of asthma and lung-related ailments. Undrinkable water is coming out of the taps in towns like Flint across the nation. And we cannot overlook the rights of native Americans, who have had their clean water and clean air rights violated time and time again. The government needs to step up and do more than the bare minimum to ensure that all Americans have free access to clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. Support the powerful work of the Natural Resource Defense Council as well as Waterkeeper Alliance, a growing nonprofit focused solely on clean water.
PROTECT WILD RIVERS AND THEIR ECOSYSTEMS.
A truly wild river is incredibly rare in the US. The overwhelming majority have been dammed or developed, harming wildlife and altering the natural ecosystem. And let’s not even begin to mention the pollution companies have been dumping into our waterways for decades. If you want to keep our rivers clean, wild and free, support the Sierra Club Foundation as well as American Rivers, a charity responsible for river restoration, federal river management and clean water supply.
SUPPORT A HEALTHIER FOOD SYSTEM.
There are plenty of things wrong with our food system. The toxic chemicals we spray on our food may or may not be killing us, but they are definitely killing our environment and the bees. Roundabout food transportation is a massive waste of natural resources. Vast monocultures are making our lands more diseased than ever. But luckily there are plenty of nonprofits out there trying to fix it. Kiss the Ground is working to raise awareness about the impact of regenerative farming on soil health and climate change. Beyond Pesticides is working to get toxic chemicals out of our food system. And nonprofits like the Honeybee Conservancy are working to save the most integral critters to our food system. Growing your own food (in your kitchen or in a garden) and buying local and/or organic whenever possible will go a long way, too.