Smalls steps for a better world?
January 24, 2014 1:52 PM Subscribe
What changes can I make in my personal life and everyday decisions that will make the largest positive social or environmental difference relative to the cost, effort or time involved?
posted by purplevelvet to Society & Culture (21 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I work in the social justice advocacy field, and I've often dismissed some of the personal changes I could make for social and environmental good as being less effective than advocating to make large-scale change at the societal or governmental level. But I'd like to start incorporating small changes into my life, and I want to focus on those changes that will give me the biggest "bang for my buck" (the best ratio of actual social or environmental good vs. cost, effort or time).
There's a long list of changes I could make to what I eat, what I buy, how I use energy etc., so I'd like to figure out what to prioritize. If you have any research that backs up the actual effectiveness of the change, even better! I'm looking mostly for small, easy to make changes, but willing to consider ones that involve more significant sacrifices if they have a proportionately large actual impact.
What I've already done: My partner and I don't own a car, we've gone vegetarian 2 days/week, I've stopped buying any drinks that come in disposable containers (cans, plastic bottles), using reusable bags, etc.
I'm pretty dedicated to travel and eventually raising a family, so while I realize that eliminating plane travel and not having children may actually have the biggest positive impact, I'm not willing to go that far.
So what should I start with? Only buy cage-free eggs, go organic only, stop buying from Target and H&M, composting, buy local, take shorter showers? Which will make the greatest positive impact?