Here are the 50 ideas from on how you and I can take action and make a difference in your own community and your own world.
Energy & Climate Change
1.Conduct an energy audit of your home or business.2.Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.3.Buy or rent a hybrid car.
4.Install solar water heaters or solar electric panels at your home or office.
5.Buy a flexiblie-fuel car and fill your tank with gas that’s 85% ethanol (run of the mill cars can use gas that’s 10% ethanol).
6.Buy energy-efficient appliances.
7.Update your home or office energy management system with smart metering.
8.Ask your utility company how you can buy clean, renewable power.
9.Walk, bike or carpool to work.
10.Donate to organizations that install renewable energy systems in developing countries.
11.Calculate your carbon footprint, reduce your energy use, and then offset the rest with investments in clean energy.
12.Demand action from your elected officials on climate change.
13.Create a health and wellness program in your office to generate awareness among co-workers.
15.Teach children about diet and exercise to prevent chronic disease.
16.Get an annual physical.
17.Get trained to perform first-level health services such as CPR.
18.Volunteer at a local clinic.
19.Provide or push for employee vaccinations (i.e., flu shots) and increases in employee health benefits.
20.Donate to organizations that offer free immunizations for children in high-risk areas.
21.Donate water sanitation equipment to organizations dedicated to clean water initiatives in developing areas.
22.Donate WHO/UNICEF oral rehydration solution packets, which cost 6 cents each, to alleviate diarrhea-induced death among children.
23.Walk or ride a bicycle to work to keep fit. Encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
24.Help health care organizations in your community deliver medical supplies and services to those in need.
25.Contribute unused medical supplies to an organization that distributes them overseas.
Global Health Poverty Alleviation 26.Donate leftover bulk food to a local shelter.
27.Use Fair Trade coffee and other products.
28.Start a program in your workplace to provide volunteer services.
29.Donate used computers to schools and other organizations in need, locally or internationally.
30.Offer your technical expertise to agencies that deliver emergency aid programs.
31.Donate to microfinance programs that serve men and women in rural and developing areas.
32.Support efforts to bring Internet and computers to rural areas.
33.Start an exchange program designed to provide expertise and skills training.
34.Volunteer for an organization that helps low-income workers enter the workforce.
35.Launch a workplace program to raise funds for an effective NGO.
36.Invest in income-generating agriculture projects in developing areas.
37.Donate business clothing to an organization that distributes them to people in need who are entering the workforce.
Education38.Sponsor a scholarship for a child to attend school.
39.Do an in service in your school or community about education in developing countries.
40.Donate funds to buy a school uniform or supplies for a child.
41.Volunteer to help build a school abroad.
42.Contact your legislative officials to advocate for funding for education, worldwide.
43.Host a fund-raiser to support an NGO that helps educate children in a developing country.
44.Develop a “sister school” relationship to support a school in a developing country.
45.Donate to a school lunch program.
46.Donate to UNHCR or other organizations working to provide education for children in conflict areas.
47.Have your workplace sponsor a school.
48.Join the Global Campaign for Education.
49.Start a club at your school or in your community to support education for children.
50.Sponsor teachers to attend professional development programs to improve the quality of education.
Think About This
Bill Clinton once said:
“We all have the unprecedented ability to help others achieve their dreams and realize a better future. Anyone – regardless of age, income, education or where you live, can do something that has a last impact and makes a difference in the lives of others, both down the street and around the world.”Which way would you choose to change the world?Related Articles
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