Get Started Raising Eco-Awareness
By Diana Smith
Human beings are taking our planet for granted – the concept of our environment’s frailty is so foreign to many of us. Pollution and global warming, however, will likely leave serious consequences to the world of tomorrow, especially if we don’t start playing our parts in creating a brighter, better and healthier future for our children. It all starts with raising environmental awareness.
It all starts at your own doorstep
Leading by example is perhaps the most legitimate eco-awareness strategy out there. For one, you cannot hope to start or support a cause without being completely in tune with it – you can’t be yelling “save our planet” while driving a huge gas guzzler of a car. Secondly, there aren’t too many things that are more fruitful than being inspirational. This is why you need to start with your own household if your aim is to raise eco-awareness, and it’s all about seemingly trivial stuff that adds up to a whole lot. For example, refrain from using paper and paper products; keep the plastic bag use to a minimum and if you have to, go bio-degradable. Minimize water consumption by turning the faucets on only when you’re using them. The same goes for energy usage – keeping the lights on in empty rooms or while you’re away from home is completely unnecessary and irresponsible. Eco-awareness starts at your own home.
Promote on social media
If you want to take a step further in promoting the green awareness, there is no better place to start than social media. Creating a page or group on Facebook, for example, is free, easy to do, and it will likely experience a follower boom quickly. It is important to take notice, however, that you should start locally – coming up with “Raising Eco-Awareness” or similar titles won’t get you too far. However, going with “Raising Eco-Awareness in Trenton, New Jersey” will have people from the area flock up quickly. This group/page can be further used to share your environmental concerns and communicate potential solutions, which may lead to a growth of the cause. There are so many options on social media websites.
Blogging means going even more out of your way to support the green cause. Platforms such as WordPress, Blogger and even Tumblr are excellent grounds for such a project. Creating the blog is the easy part; rounding up a following and retaining it, on the other hand, is quite tricky. Firstly, you need to find a way to get people to find out about your green blog; no matter how awesome and inspirational your posts may be, if there’s no one to see them, they may as well be random words. Now people who happen to like your post are likely to share it on social media, but don’t wait for this – connect your blog to your social media pages; this way, you can post interesting content on websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn and grow your blog’s following.
Engage people at your workspace
Don’t force the green mentality onto people, but if there’s an opportunity to reach out to your colleagues, don’t be afraid of it either. Keep in mind that whoever is irritated by stuff such as optional meetings, a webpage, and an occasional email, actually deserves being irritated. Once again, it is impervious that you not push it – if you can afford it, give out useful freebies, such as notebooks, planners, green custom USBs, and the like to your coworkers. Your workspace is an awesome hub for spreading the reach of your positive mentality.
Keep in mind that supporting eco-awareness starts at your very doorstep. However, in order to raise the cause and boost it even further, you can resort to free/cheap, yet efficient means, such as social media, blogging and workspace promotion. Our planet isn’t in your hands – it’s in ours.