My 10 Goals for Personal Environmental Responsibility

Businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies often boast of their environmental goals. They claim things like “We plan to reduce our carbon emissions by 20% within 20 years.”

In many cases it’s debatable whether or not the goals of these organizations are genuine.  But what’s far more important, is that we set our own personal environmental goals. After all, how can we hold these groups accountable  if we don’t set goals for ourselves? Doesn’t it seem hypocritical and unreasonable? To paraphrase Ghandi, shouldn’t we be the change that we wish to see in the world? Rather than looks to others to change the world, let’s change it ourselves.

This epiphany has led me to create a series of environmental goals. I’ve listed them below. I hope they inspire you to make changes in your life too.

  1. To plant at least 10 fruit or nut trees each and every year for the rest of my life. To encourage other people to do the same.
  2. To consume less than 10 gallons of gasoline per month and to travel by bike whenever possible.
  3. To be self sufficient in my food production, water collection, and electrical use by the following percentages: 20% in 2014, 40% in 2015, 60% in 2016, 80% in 2017, and 100% in 2018.
  4. To hunt 50% of my own meat in 2013 and 100% of my own meat by the end of 2014. This will be a combination of deer, moose, wild turkey, and fish. To boycott all factory-farm animal products because of the unethical conditions and unknown consequences of the chemicals injections.
  5. To be active in an environmental group which plants fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes, and other perennial sources of food.
  6. To support local businesses, when doing so reduces the net amount of fossil fuels/pollution used to create the products or services.
  7. To boycott all businesses which have disingenuous environmental goals. This means looking beyond the facades pushed by marking departments and understanding the true values of the business.
  8. To conserve my current resources and buy used goods whenever possible (this will reduce the need to manufacture new goods and will maximize the use of existing goods).
  9. To occupy 50% of my yard with fruit trees, nut trees, berry trees and perennial sources of food in 2014; and 100% of my yard with these plants by the end of 2015.
  10. To work in a career which makes environmentally conscious practices a top priority.

 

 

100 Life Goals

Maybe you’re working a “bucket list” or maybe you’re just bored at work and need some motivation. Whatever the case is, big bold goals will give you something to look forward to. Your goals should be so exciting that it’s hard to sleep at night. I’ve made this list to inspire myself, I hope you enjoy it!

  1. To make a positive contribution to the world which influences 1 million people
  2. Maintain excellent personal health and fitness
  3. Have a loving family and great friends
  4. Live in another country for one month
  5. Raise a family
  6. Scuba dive in a coral reef
  7. To have a 1 on 1 dinner with the President of the United States or my favorite rock star
  8. Produce a feature length movie
  9. Start a band
  10. Write a song
  11. Write a New York Times top ten bestselling book
  12. Produce a music video with 10 million hits on YouTube
  13. To be featured as a guest on my favorite television show
  14. To be featured as a guest on a radio show
  15. Carve a life-size lion from a block of Italian marble
  16. Try zero gravity weightlessness
  17. Learn 3D computer animation
  18. Learn wax-bronze casting
  19. Learn guitar
  20. Surf in Hawaii
  21. To rule or lead a small country
  22. To drive a Ferrari 200 miles per hour
  23. Ice fish
  24. Go white-water rafting
  25. Spend a year in a small hut living on a tropical island
  26. Design my own house
  27. Build a stone wall
  28. Build my own furniture in my own woodwork shop
  29. Build a post and beam barn
  30. Build a boat
  31. Learn to swim
  32. Travel by helicopter
  33. Travel by submarine
  34. Travel by snowmobile
  35. Travel by dog sled in Alaska
  36. Travel by hot air balloon
  37. Travel by fighter jet
  38. Travel by train across America
  39. Travel by cruise ship
  40. Travel through the Panama Canal
  41. Visit the Great Redwood Forest of California
  42. Attend the Superbowl
  43. Attend the World Cup
  44. Attend the World Series
  45. Attend the PGA Tour
  46. Attend a NBA Championship game
  47. Attend Octoberfest in Germany
  48. Attend Burning Man in Nevada
  49. Attend professional stunt driving classes
  50. Attend the Cannes Film Festival
  51. To see an active volcano
  52. Sleep in a hotel made of ice
  53. Visit every continent
  54. Visit Niagara Falls
  55. Visit the Eiffel Tower
  56. Visit the North Pole
  57. Visit the pyramids in Egypt
  58. Visit the Roman Coliseum
  59. Visit the Great Wall of China
  60. Visit the Taj Mahal
  61. Visit Stonehenge
  62. Visit the Sistine Chapel in Italy
  63. Vacation in India
  64. Vacation in China
  65. Vacation in Brazil
  66. Vacation in Mediterranean
  67. Vacation in New Zealand
  68. Vacation in Grand Canyon
  69. Vacation in Bahamas
  70. Vacation on a cruise ship
  71. Vacation in Hawaiian Volcanoes
  72. Vacation in Santorini, Greece
  73. Fly around the world
  74. Hike the Appalachian Trail
  75. See the Aurora Borealis
  76. Safari in Africa to film lions
  77. Learn another language
  78. To hunt a deer
  79. Run a marathon
  80. Complete the Ironman Triathlon
  81. Learn to dance
  82. Kite Surf
  83. Heli ski
  84. Sail 1,000 miles of the ocean
  85. Drive on the German Autobahn
  86. Live off the land sustainably
  87. Grow grapes and produce my own wine
  88. Plant 5 fruit trees
  89. Build a sustainable neighborhood or town
  90. Create a successful business
  91. Invent and patent a new idea
  92. Start a venture capital firm
  93. Be debt free
  94. Create an alternative energy company
  95. Fund scholarships
  96. Be on a college board of trustees
  97. Be a hometown hero
  98. To become an excellent cook
  99. Live simply
  100. Be happy

The PDFs below will help you design a plan for attaining your Top 100 Life Goals:

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