'How I Save the Earth...a Little Every Day'

Beliefnet users recount their personal triumphs in helping to keep our environment alive and well in the 21st century.

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As a family we recycle what we can. We separate out glass, plastic, cardboard, cans and newspapers, taking it down to our recycling centre when we are passing it--no point in using the petrol to make a special journey there as that would defeat the object of the exercise! We also turn off the TV standby button, and switch off unnecessary lights, just our small bit to try to save our precious planet for our grandchildren!

 

3. We're All Vegan

Jodi Junkins

My family is all vegan. This reduces our water usage, soil depletion, petroleum use, and eliminates pollution from animal agriculture.

4. I Decided to Have One Child

Susan Porter, Amarillo, TX

Susan Porter mulches her
organic garden.

There are so many things we need to do to recover the environment. One of the main things I've done is to have only one child. I consciously made this decision 20 years ago and I have never regretted it. There are too many of us on the planet for us to live sustainably....Americans consume more than any other country in the world. Can we change the way we think about what we need to live? If we don't we will be forced to change at some point, whether we want to or not.

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5. I Organize Moms Who Work for Air Quality

Jeri Sundvall-Williams, Portland, OR

I am the director of [an environmental action organization] that in the last 10 years has worked in N/NE Portland to address air quality issues and how they affect public health in the residents of our community. We are mostly a group of low-income moms who work together to educate and speak out for ourselves and through that process have educated ourselves to shut done some of the operations of a steel mill, defeated the expansion of the freeway through our community, built community gardens and worked with each other to alleviate asthma triggers in our homes through utilizing a program designed by the American Lung association.

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