It’s easy to get caught up in your everyday commitments. How to find time outside of your busy schedule to participate in activities that can create a lasting impact on your life and the world?
Improve your ecosystem! Whether you live in a dense, urban block or a suburban neighborhood, you can take a little time out of your day to feel good about improving your local ecosystem. You have the ability to make an impact on air and water quality at a local and hyperlocal level. That is an incredible thing. You have power to create change at a scale that works with your life.
Air and water quality are negatively impacted no matter where you live. What can you do to help and feel fulfillment because you are contributing to the greater good?
ARE YOU A HOMEOWNER WITH A YARD?
Get started today. Improvements are easier than you think!
- Convert grass lawn to shrubs and flowers
- Houseplants! Improve indoor air quality
- Don't use artificial fertilizer
- Buy natural organic compost
- Don't buy compost, make your own
- Install a rain barrel
- Install a downspout planter
- Mow less
- Plant native trees, shrubs, and plants
ARE YOU A RENTER?
What can you do at a house you don’t own? Plant and make improvements in an inexpensive way - many items on the homeowner list apply to you! Ask your landlord what changes you can make. Apartment living? This is a perfect space for making improvements:
- Porch gardens
- Indoor planter gardens
- House plants!
- Downspout planters
HOW DO THESE ACTIONS HELP?
- Outdoor plantings help absorb rainwater and delay release into our overloaded storm drain systems
- Trees, shrubs, and plants improve both indoor and outdoor air quality
- Composting reduces landfill waste and is healthy alternative
- Gardening reduces your energy footprint: if you’re producing your own food, you aren’t driving to the store as often