Janina R. Harrison replied to the topic “America is Not Number One Anymore…” in the forum Communications, Citizen Engagement, Customer Service 7 years, 5 months ago
Buy organic. Help stop agri business from using so many pesticides, herbicides and fetilizers that end up in our water and air, not to mention genetic modification and their patenting seeds which will endanger the diversity of crops. Then they are suing small farmers because once their crops cross polinate with the neigbors, according to patent it belongs to them. This is happening in other countries too by the same businesses.
Buy stock portfolios that invest in companies that engage in socially responsible and sustainable business practices. The returns may not be as high in cash but it is an investment in our future. Your broker can provide options, mine did. Invest in other countries, technology to find new solutions. medical research. Things that will serve the overall community in the long run.
Recycle and donate. Proper recycling keeps mercury and other contaminants our of our air and water and save resources. Every person who doesn’t, because they think I am only one person, but if you think about how much you consume and the waste it creates ,and multiply that by millions, it is pretty dismal. Also recycling isn’t such a pretty thing, bins for all the different ‘stuff’ can be cluttered. I know people who have huge bins provided by their cities and they still put most everything in the trash because it is too much trouble to have two garbage cans in the kitchen, one for recycling. So each week they put an almost empty recycling bin out for pick up. They throw away items that might be useful to others when they could throw them into the car and take them to any number of benefiting orgs. Used phones, bluetooth devices, electronics that still work can go to our troops.
Random acts of kindness. Charity. Community participation. Step out of your comfort zone and really take a look at the humanity around you. Start a coat drive for children, a food drive for a local food bank. FInd out where the needs are in your immediate community and then expand to help a cause in another country. Young children are being sold on the streets of America and other countries.
Most of us can still have a really good good life and do all these things. Just means a little less ‘me’ time and a little more ‘US’.
Speaking of which, the Combined Federal Campaign will be firing up soon. A good opportunity.
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