When thinking about the environment, the state of things can often make you feel overwhelmed, hopeless, and helpless. Especially if you’re feeling like efforts would make such little impact on the world as a whole, you may begin to wonder why you’re even trying at all. But when you shrink your world down a bit and think only about your local community, you may be surprised at just how much of a difference you can make in this environment.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three things you can do to improve the environment around your community.
Don’t Let Litter Sit
Every community is going to have some extent of litter. But if everyone made a commitment to pick up any litter that they saw as they passed by, your entire community would be a much cleaner place.
Along with you and your friends and family members making an effort not to let any litter sit that you might see while walking around your neighborhood and community, you can also try to put forth a community-wide effort for everyone to pick up litter that they see on the ground, as most litter isn’t going to be biodegradable. This way, your community will get cleaned up in no time.
Support Local Growers
Another thing that you can do to help make your community a more environmentally-friendly place is to support local growers in your area.
When food has to come into your community from outside sources, you’re going to have a lot more pollution in your area. But if you’re able to shop locally and support local growers who are keeping parts of your community wild and not having to travel so far to get people their food, the air and soil quality of your community will have a chance to improve.
Work With Your Local Plants And Animals
Speaking of keeping your community wild, working with the local plants and other wildlife can help your community be a cleaner and fresher place.
If you know of areas where trees could be planted, seek to plant some trees there to help with things like decreasing the carbon in your area, helping with moisture absorption in the soil, and giving shade to a large area. The more trees and local plants that your community has, the more beautiful it will become and the healthier and happier the people and the environment will be.
While you might not feel like you individually can make a big impact on the health of the global environment, if everyone worked to just better their own local community in some of the ways mentioned above, the world would be a cleaner, healthier, better place for us all to live.