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This is a special time of year. For many, a big part of it is giving gifts and making holiday preparations – just a really joyful time of the year. We (sometimes!) get some down time from work, attend parties and events, get a chance to spend extra time with family and friends, and enjoy the anticipation of giving and receiving gifts.
What’s also the case, and what we sometimes talk less about at this time of the year is that the holidays have an enormous environmental impact in terms of water use, greenhouse gases, and land use caused by the production and later disposal of some of our favorite holiday treats and staples.
We often do we what we do during the holidays because of family traditions and keeping special memories. Family traditions and celebrations are very special and have great meaning. While still respecting and cherishing our holiday traditions, we can start new holiday traditions that also give our planet much needed relief, directly address the dire climate change scenario (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/07/climate/ipcc-climate-report-2040.html) we now face, and help protect resources for the benefit of those who come after us.
The good news is we can always start new holiday traditions. There are lots of easy, affordable, and creative things we can do to reduce waste and make our impact a little less over the holidays. I’ve shared a few below...and if you’re already doing these things – Thank you for making a difference! At the end of this post, I provide a few web sources that have much more on planet-healthy ways to ring in the holidays.
Give more than “stuff” ....Instead of buying new products, give gifts like experiences to museums, parks, or concerts, or give a donation in someone's name.
One of my favorite ideas is to give a donation in another’s name to a charitable or non-profit organization. For example, supporting wildlife rehabilitators is important to me. I might make a donation in a family member or friend’s name to any number of wildlife rehabilitation organizations to help support the lifesaving work and public education they perform. Visit the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (https://www.nwrawildlife.org/) to locate a wildlife rehabilitator near you. You can also visit Charity Navigator on the web (https://www.charitynavigator.org/) to find charitable organizations, including those in your local area. The web also provides other resources to locate non-profits and charities and provides resources on smart giving (very important).
Find more ideas and information at:
32 Homemade Eco-Friendly Christmas Decorations That Look Stunning: https://www.naturallivingideas.com/32-homemade-eco-friendly-christmas-decorations-that-look-stunning/