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.
- 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.
- To consume less than 10 gallons of gasoline per month and to travel by bike whenever possible.
- 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.
- 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.
- To be active in an environmental group which plants fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes, and other perennial sources of food.
- To support local businesses, when doing so reduces the net amount of fossil fuels/pollution used to create the products or services.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- To work in a career which makes environmentally conscious practices a top priority.