Let's face it. With untold amount of oil pumping into the Gulf of Mexico at an alarming rate, and with all the bad news we've heard regarding attempts to put an end to it, this oil spill can make one feel completely helpless. It hit us the other day when we reached into the trash can at work to pull out a plastic bottle and recycle it: the very move felt like a futile action.
But then we decided it might be better to take a different approach. Here's what we think—check it out and let us know if you agree. Instead of feeling helpless and thinking that our small acts of eco-friendly living aren't making a difference, we realized that every little bit can (and does) help.
If anything, this is a time for all of us to re-evaluate our oil consumption. A colleague pointed out that if we all could cut our oil use in half, we'd make huge strides away from oil dependence. Cutting it in half seems like a lot, but there are many ways to do so.
Biking, walking, carpooling, or riding the bus to work, making a concerted effort to eat local foods that don't have to travel so far to get to the plate, and generally stepping up "small" efforts: every little bit can inspire another person to make changes—so every small thing each of us does can amount to big things.
It may not stop the oil flow, but if ever there was a time to encourage people to go easy on the Earth, now is the time.
If you want to help in another way, check this out.
And of course, share your ideas on how we can help lessen the impact of this disaster.
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