I find environmental challenges overwhelming. Global warming, clean air, clean water and the myriad of local, national and global environmental issues are all so incredibly massive. What can one person, one household, do? There’s only one answer: Do as much as you can.
Here’s my list of what I (and you) can do:
- Recycle, recycle, recycle. This should be easy for most, thanks to the City of San Antonio. If you have a blue curbside bin for recyclables, learn to use it correctly. If you are able to get a new green bin for compostables, I say get one and use it. I have all three city-provided bins, and very little now goes into our black “trash” bin.
- “Vote” with your pocketbook. Every purchase is a show of support, for a product, a company, an organization, an industry. Make your “vote” count. When you shop, consider things like packaging, transportation cost, the total carbon footprint. The market follows our money, so let’s unite to turn the market “green.”
- Dispose of less. Donate or resale when you can. Spend a bit more on an item that will last longer; better to buy and keep for 10 years than buy and throw away in two.
- Be mindful of your consumption, and consume as little as possible. This can apply to just about anything. Gas, electricity, water, etc. Sip, don’t guzzle.
- Create a path others can follow. You choose this wonderful magazine because you’re not afraid to learn and lead. Through your sustainable choices, be the example others can emulate.
If we each do all we can, positive change will happen.
I pray the beautiful month of April will “spring” your life forward in countless positive ways. Enjoy this April issue, and remember to share it with someone you love!
Joel Shuler, Publisher