2012 Resolution - Go Green

Source: WorldWatch Institute:

As we begin 2012, many of us are wondering what we can do this year to live a little bit better. Some make resolutions and make serious effort to achieve those goals. Others make resolutions just out of habit since it is the new year! :)
Anyhow, if you are one of the folks who likes to put resolutions to action, then here is one for you - Go Green!

Not a difficult resolution to keep if you have the environment in mind and a firm resolve to help the planet and the next generations.

“The global community, and particularly people living in industrialized societies, have put unsustainable demands on our planet’s limited resources,” says Robert Engelman, president of the Worldwatch Institute, a global environmental research organization based on Washington, D.C. “If we expect to be able to feed, shelter and provide even basic living conditions to our growing population in years to come, we must act now to change.”

The United Nations has designated 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. Broadening access to sustainable energy is essential to solving many of the world’s challenges, including food production, security and poverty. “With so many hungry and poor in the world, addressing these issues is critical,” says Danielle Nierenberg, director of Worldwatch’s Nourishing the Planet project. “Fortunately, the solutions to these problems can come from simple innovations and practices.”

The Nourishing the Planet team recently traveled to 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and will be soon traveling to Latin America, to research and highlight such solutions. The project shines a spotlight on innovations in agriculture that can help alleviate hunger and poverty while also protecting the environment. These innovations are elaborated in Worldwatch’s flagship annual report, State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet.

Here's a twelve point plan to put into action in 2012, courtesy of The Worldwatch Institute:

  1. Recycle
  2. Turn off the lights
  3. Make the switch
  4. Turn on the tap
  5. Turn down the heat
  6. Support food recovery programs
  7. Buy local
  8. Get out and ride
  9. Share a car
  10. Plant a garden
  11. Compost
  12. Reduce your meat consumption
Read the complete article on the Worldwatch Institute blog.

Let's resolve to make 2012 a healthier, happier and greener year for all. Have a great year ahead!

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