Saturday, January 3, 2009

New Years Resolution

I'm not one to make New Year's Resolutions ... but I think I'll give it a try this year.

I've been thinking about it for a few days now.

And while I was unpacking from Africa today (yes, I know I've been home for 18 days!) ... my two New Year's Resolutions came to me.

1. I am going to be (even more) environmentally-minded this year.

I already do many things
  • turn off the water while I brush my teeth
  • recycle, recycle, recycle
  • use cloth instead of paper napkins
  • use leftover water in glasses to water my indoor plants
  • collect recyclable items that the school does not recycle, and take them home to recycle
  • use environmentally-friendly soap
  • eat as organically as possible
But one thing I am terrible about is remembering my reusable shopping bags before heading into the grocery store.

Little things like that.

I'm going to make a conscientious effort to think of little things that I can do.

2. DO SOMETHING about my passion for clean drinking water.

Everywhere I look I see water.

Puddles, lakes, ocean, shower, bath, teeth brushing, water glasses, water bottles, boiling water, dishwasher, washing machine, drinking fountain.


And every time, I think about the millions of people who do not have clean drinking water.

It disgusts me.

I think about clean/dirty water at least 10 times a day.

No joke.

I can't get it out of my head.

So ... this year, I want to listen to my inner tugging. The voice inside of me that desperately wants to make a difference.

To help.

To do.

I'll keep you posted on this one!


Eve said...

Great post Lisa! We take so much for granted, I can't imagine drinking that dirty water!!!

Diane Davis said...

i have a couple of sites i am going to forward you about clean water projects. be on the look out for that.

since i know you are also passionate about eliminating human traffiking, here is another easy thing i would suggest you add to your list: only buy fair trade coffee. i buy brian's at cost plus world market but i assume it is everywhere. i don't drink coffee, but i hate the thought of even having it in the house if it is on the backs of slaves.

thanks for the other good ideas. :)