Are You Micro-Active?
Micro-activism: The act of making small changes in our individual lives, then telling others about what we are doing, to create social change. Here are some easy things you can do to help change the world.
Use less plastic.
Plastic is made from oil. Not only that, but it burns oil getting to you and it dumps gunk into the air. All that crap and somebody takes your money to get it to you. The sad fact is that every piece of plastic ever made is still with us, unless it's ben incinerated.
Specifically: Make your own yogurt, ricotta cheese, kefir and sour cream. Stop buying plastic trash bags. Buy milk in glass bottles. Use a refillable water bottle. Take reusable containers to the restaurant. Reuse those produce bags (or bring paper). Get your cleaning supplies in boxes. Disposable plasticware? Really? Stop chewing gum (yes, it's really plastic). Give up straws. Buy in bulk. Reuse jars. Use matches. Bring your own coffee mug (even the paper cups are coated in plastic). Buy your juice in glass bottles, or make your own. No disposable diapers, please.
Yeah, I know. The prices are higher, the selection is not as good, and you have to pay sales tax. So what? Your short term gain is your long term loss. I mean, if you want to make change happen you have to contribute to the solution. It's not like you're going to jail for your beliefs. Micro-Activism requires small personal changes to support the greater good - not all of them are painless. Besides, do you really want Amazon and Walmart to dictate what you can buy from some down-trodden, third word country in the future?
Specifically: Shop as close to home as possible - you'll save money on gas by shopping next door. That farmer will appreciate your business. Buy products made close to home. Buy from the independent store rather than a faceless big box store. A stronger local economy transfers wealth to your community from global corporations.
This is another way to use less plastic. Every time you use a credit or debit card, the merchant pays up to 4%. It comes right off the top and goes to a big bank. It would be better if your favorite store owner kept that money as extra profit. Local money tends to be spent locally.
Specifically: Carry cash, keep your local economy strong and keep your money out of the hands of the banksters. Want to go one step further? Join the Stamp Stampede and send the message that it is time to remove the influence of money in politics. The lack of solutions to our social problems can be traced to the legal bribing of politicians.
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