Simple, inexpensive things you can do to help the planet
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“Sometimes, you have to stand up.”
-Greta Browne, quoted in the New York Times
Greta Browne is a 65 year old, Unitarian minister from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She just finished walking more than 1,100 miles (1,770 km) from New Orleans to New York in an effort to raise awareness of global warming. During her time on the road, she survived on her Social Security checks and small donations made by people she met along the way.
Preaching to the choir
It’s easy to forget that many people do not share the same level of commitment to helping the planet. Ms. Browne encountered reactions such as “Oh, you are preaching to the choir. We already recycle.” While important, recycling by itself is not enough to make the kind of change that’s needed.
Standing up doesn’t mean you have to abandon everything and hit the open road armed with nothing but your convictions. It can take the form of talking to people around you about the problem and why it’s important to do something.
If you convince just 1 other person to reduce their impact, you’ve just doubled yours.
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