Saturday, September 24, 2022

Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World

"Lazy" often times gets a bad wrap. It comes with a negative connotation and it makes us feel sub-par, like we're not doing all that we "should." 

However, we all feel a little lazy sometimes. And sometimes we NEED to be a little lazy. We can't be on the go all the time. We need time spent lounging in a hammock, taking an afternoon nap, reading a good book, watching entertaining shows, or just being a couch potato. 

What if there was a way to work on saving the planet while being a little bit lazy? It's an enticing thought. We can't all be 24-7 activists. And even those out there who are busy changing the world, they need time to sleep.

I think that's why the United Nations "Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World"appeals to me so much! It leaves me thinking, "Hey! I can do this!" Sometimes big things (like saving the planet or addressing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals) just feel too big!

The United Nations has created a fabulous website that creates a "can do" approach to help tack global issues. In the "Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World," the UN has broken action items of things you can do into 4 levels. Smaller always feels more doable than a huge monumental task. With bite-sized bits, we can begin to make a true difference. 

Here's an overview, but be sure to check out there website!
  • Level 1: Sofa Superstar - Things you can do from your couch
    • Ideas here include online versus paper statements, staying informed of the issues (and staying away from "alternative facts"), turning off lights that aren't in use, and more!
  • Level 2: Household Hero - Things You Can Do From Home
    • Ideas here include taking shorter showers, eat less meat, turning down your thermostat, and more!
  • Level 3: Neighborhood Nice Guy - Things You Can Do Outside Your Home
    • Ideas here include avoiding impulse buys, bringing a refillable water bottle, getting vaccinations, and more!
  • Level 4: Exceptional Employee - Things You Can Do at Work
    • Ideas here include mentoring younger folks in your field, carpooling when possible or take public transportation, reducing waste, and more!

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