It is the start of a new year and like most of us it is a time for reflection and for setting some goals for 2018. Below are some of my ‘green’ goals that I hope will have a small but positive impact on the world.
- Spend more time in nature
This is my a top priority for me for 2018. I want to spend more time outdoors with loved ones going on hikes, kayaking, camping and snorkelling. Australia has so many natural wonders that I want to explore. And I miss field work and being stuck in an office, even though I work for an ENGO seems like a great irony to me. My top three for this year are completing the Royal National Park hike, climbing to the top of Mount Kosciuszko and visiting the Great Barrier Reef.
2. Eat less meat
This is something I have spent the last twelve months thinking about and I am going to try it out. The consumption of meat has an enormous environmental footprint and eating less meat is considered a simple, yet impactful approach. Coming from a religious family which does not eat beef or pork, I feel as if my meat related footprint is low but I think I can do better. I do concede that this will be the hardest goal for me to stick to as I do not know how it will affect my post training recovery.
3. Pick up litter
We all know that we produce too much waste in our daily lives. We consume and we discard without a moment’s thought. It is so bad that I believe that there are no longer any pristine, natural places left in the world. So instead of feeling sad and angry, I have decided that everyday I will do my absolute best to pick up one item of rubbish (plastic preferably) off the street and throw it in the appropriate bin. And on days where I have more time, I will pick up more.
4. Harvest more
Like most people my age, I dream of having enough space to grow my own fruits and vegetables and live a truly, organic farm life. And like most people my age, I know that this life is hard to afford given how expensive the Sydney housing market has become. My work around is to harvest as much produce as I can from my small balcony. We already grow chillies, mint, taro and spinach. We have also grown tumeric, garlic and potatoes in previous years and my plan is to continue doing this for the rest of the year (strawberries and tomatoes remain elusive). Nothing beats fresh produce, particularly ones that you have grown yourself.
5. Join a local bushcare group
This ties in with my goal to spend more time outdoors. I spend a lot of time at work looking at local green groups who have put in the hard work to rehabilitate and revitalise a local creek, riverbed or park. I find this hands-on approach that has a positive impact on the local environment and community really appealing and want to be a part of it. Plus, I think it will help me brush up on my local flora and fauna identification skills.