by Zara Mohammed, Lifestyle Columnist
Published in Lifestyle on 8th January, 2020
Is it your New Year resolution to start leading a more meaningful life, and make 2020 a year of positive personal changes in order to help change the world we live in for the better? That is a great resolution!
There are plenty of brilliant things you can do to change the world. Keep reading for some inspiration...
Water is something we tend to take for granted because it is free, and it comes out of our taps, ready to drink, without any limits. But it might not always be like this.
In fact there are many places all over the world where water is being rationed because there is not an endless supply of it. You can help make a difference to water wastage by evaluating how you use water, and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.
Here are some ideas:
Most people are concerned with what they eat for selfish reasons. They want to look good, feel good, and be healthier. But what about how your food choices are affecting other people, other countries, animals, wildlife, and our planet as a whole?
Consider making some of the following changes in your diet and to the way you shop for your food, and make a difference not only to your body and health, but also to the bigger picture...
You might end up paying a little more for your meat, but if you are consuming less of it then you won't necessarily be spending more.
You will have peace of mind knowing that family-run businesses are treating animals ethically, that your food is organic and healthy, and isn't being flown in from overseas, wasting fuel and contributing to pollution. You will also have more control over the amount of plastic you use.
This is because so many foods are wrapped in plastic for preservation purposes. If you shop in local, eco friendly, and health shops, you may be able to avoid more plastic by bringing your own glass containers for things like pasta, rice, spices etc. And freshly baked bread usually comes in paper bags.
It is also important to support your local independent food shops as much as possible, so that they can afford to keep doing business alongside the chain brands. It goes without saying now I think, that recycling is also a great way to help the environment, so don't forget to recycle any packaging you acquire that you can't find a use for.
It s becoming more and more important to seek out knowledge and the truth about what is happening in our world, both globally in other countries and the environment, and locally in our own communities.
Because it is only equipped with that knowledge that we can then go out into the world and share what we know and care about with others, so that they can be aware of what is happening too. The more people who know, the more people there are who can do something about it.
That is when great changes happen. So if there is something that you feel could be improved, whether it is what you feel could be done for the elderly or youth in your local community, or whether it is raising money or awareness for big issues such as poverty, animal cruelty, or the rainforests, find out what you need to know, and get out there, gather your people!
Check out these fun ways to help make a difference to issues in your local community:
Changing the world may seem like a daunting prospect, and you may even feel so overwhelmed that you think you can't make a difference.
The fact is that collectively we are already making huge changes in the world, we always have and we always will, as long as we have individuals like you who are passionate and empower yourself with positive thinking and a can-do attitude. I hope that you have enjoyed these tips, and that you share some ideas with the people in your life.