101 Ways to Make a Difference Today

“Most good things have been said too many times, and now just need to be lived” – Shane Claiborne

Sometimes we spend too long reading, thinking, contemplating, considering, evaluating, analysing.

Do something different today.

Take action.

1 – Email some encouragement to an activist

2 – Try wearing a pedometer to encourage youself to walk more

3 – Challenge greenwash

4 – Invite your neighbours round for something to eat this week

5 – Stop buying mountains of junk for the kids

6 – Buy a smart electricity meter

7 – Cook more food in bulk

8 – Wear warmer clothes in your home when it’s cold

9 – Chose more ethical fish

10 – Reduce your chemical footprint

11 – Sponsor a child

12 – Embrace the idea of a simpler life

13 – Plant a tree

14 – Talk to a friend or colleague about car sharing today

15 – Take a month off from shopping for clothes or gadgets

16 – Improve your garden soil

17 – Support good local businesses

18 – Take the stairs

19 – Trade your skills with your friends

20 – Plan your eco-funeral

21 – Improve your tele-conferencing, so you have to travel less

22 – Don’t be so serious all the time

23 – Try your hand at beekeeping

24 – Have a ‘power cut party’

25 – Get rid of some of your lawn, grow vegetables instead

26 – Eat less processed and more real food

27 – Be part of something bigger than yourself

28 – Recycle your old phones

29 – Declutter your home

30 – Check out your local Transition group

31 – Buy fairtrade coffee and tea

32 – Step down, and help somebody else to step up

33 – Consider moving to a smaller home

34 – Use eco-paint

35 – Give blood – register today

36 – Host a fundraiser

37 – Feed the birds – build a bird table

38 – Stop over-cleaning your home

39 – Donate your old stuff

40 – Eat less meat

41 – Let go of your guilt

42 – Reduce your toilet flush volume

43 – Visit a farmers market and talk to the traders about where the food comes from

44 – Convince your friends to stop buying bottled water

45 – Make the most of your network

46 – Question your prejudices

47 – Write something for your local newspaper this week

48 – Buy more things second hand

49 – Get more good news in your life

50 – Carry a reusable coffee mug with you

51 – Read the label before you buy

52 – Make a giving jar

53 – Improve your indoor air quality

54 – Give ethical children’s gifts on birthdays

55 – Avoid (don’t resist) temptation

56 – Invite friends over to watch and discuss a documentary together

57 – Cancel your junk mail – register today

58 – Support breast feeding and real nappies

59 – Avoid ‘slacktivism’

60 – Be more focused on the present moment

61 – Encourage friends to have greener weddings

62 – Donate some food to your local foodbank

63 – Make a small wildlife pond in your garden

64 – Have a leftovers night to waste less food

65 – Make your own lunch more often

66 – Compare your life less with the rich and more with the poor

67 – Do some voluntary work

68 – Make a micro loan with Kiva today

69 – Patch your old clothes

70 – Mentor someone

71 – Let go of some anger

72 – Free your slaves – buy ethically made products

73 – Promote fairtrade products in your workplace

74 – Correct untruths

75 – Make your own healthy meal menu for your family

76 – Boycott something – but know why

77 – Automate your chores to give yourself more time

78 – Paint your window surrounds white to get more light into your home

79 – Go virtual to buy less CDs, DVDs, books and other ‘stuff’

80 – Be more thankful for what you have

81 – Buy sustainable timber products

82 – Remember to vote

83 – Just stop ironing

84 – Give people more feedback and encouragement, start now

85 – Make an insect box

86 – Take some direct action

87 – Optimise your appliances energy settings

88 – Nudge yourself on the web by customising your browser start page

89 – Take a break – most of us could do with one

90 – Stop criticising so much

91 – Learn a little first aid, it might save a life one day

92 – Use less tap water in the garden

93 – Smile more

94 – Organise your life so it’s easier to make good decisions

95 – Try keeping some chickens

96 – Register as an organ donor today

97 – Fix something that’s broken, instead of buying a new one

98 – Consider becoming a social entrepreneur - change what you do for a living

99 – Encourage others – forward this post to someone else today

100 – Slow down

101 – Reject apathy

I’ll be publishing an ebook: ‘The Year I Saved the World’, containing these and another 266 ideas and suggestions, along with descriptions, links and information, later this year. If you’re interested in receiving (very) occasional updates sign-up for the free Newsletter.

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