How involved are you in your local community?
When I was growing up I wasn’t involved in any activities to help my local community. However, things have changed for the better since I was a child, and we’re now more aware of the impact our actions can have on the environment.
When I mention ‘social responsibility’ what do you think about?
For many people they instantly think about businesses, and how they must work ethically with sustainability in mind. However, social responsibility is the job of every one. We need to look our own ‘community spirit’ and see how this impacts our environment.
Glasdon have created an ebook social responsibility and it’s made me look at how my own impact can cause a negative or positive on the environment.
Before I begin, lets talk more about social responsibility. What does it mean?
It’s pretty much an ethical framework and suggests that an entity such as an organisation or individual has an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large.
So how can we make changes to our everyday lives that will have a positive effect on the environment from now and for generations to come?
As a parent, I feel it’s my responsibility to teach my children about the impact they have on the environment, and what better place to start than in the home?
Small steps such as turning light switches and plug sockets off when not in use is an easy thing for children to do. For example, after my girls have used their hair dryer, they make sure they switch the plug socket off. When they’re done watching TV, again, they’ll turn the TV off rather than leaving it in stand by mode. This helps to reduce our power consumption, therefore has a positive impact on the environment.
Another big step that I’ve recently started doing it freezing left over food. It made not sound like much, but instead of throwing food away simply because I’ve cooked too much, I’ll freeze the leftovers and we then have a quick and easy meal for later in the week.
By doing this, we’re reducing the amount of waste that we produce.
These are just a few of the ideas that we’ve taken on board, but there’s so much more that you can do. Here are some examples:
- Only buy the food you need each day to help reduce waste
- Separate your packaging into separate bins
- Take your old clothes to charity shops
- Dry washed clothes outdoors instead of using a tumble-dryer
- Instead of switching the heating on when the weather gets a bit colder, opt for another layer of clothes
By implementing these changes, not only will you help to protect the environment, you will also save money.
Going back to community spirit, there are lots of changes we can adopt to outdoor activities meaning we can all contribute to the community as a whole.
The village where I live in are actively encouraging local businesses such as cafes and coffee shops to get rid of plastic straws, and our village is almost 100% plastic straw free. It’s these little changes that when brought together can really make a big difference.
On a more individual basis, we can help by encouraging our local councils to place recycle bins around the local communities for everyone to use. They’re more commonly found in supermarket car parks and
offer glass, plastic, and clothing recycle systems, but by having more of these in our communities we can encourage more people to make use of these systems which will help to ensure materials are disposed of correctly.
What do you think? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.