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Jiu-Jitsu for a BETTER WORLD. What You Can Do.

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Because we care and because we need to fight for a better world for our future generations.  What we do right here and right now will have consequences in the future… Maybe we will not be alive to watch what happens in nature and to the planet…   But we HAVE to do our part and make the world a better place to live in, for right now and into the future.

When is the best time to start? NOW!

The list below is meant to give you ideas about how to live sustainably. It can take years to change all of these behaviors, so don’t get discouraged if you can’t change them all right away. Keep track of your progress and work with your family members, neighbors, local businesses, and government on implementing these ideas.

Transportation

•Drive less

•Reduce idling whenever practical

•Live near work

•Carpool, bus, bike, or walk

•Set goals for reducing your travel

•Combine errands into one trip

Food

•Buy local food whenever possible

•Increase fruits and vegetables in your diet

•Buy certified organic products

•Turn your yard into organic fruit and vegetable gardens

•Carry reusable bags to the store

•Plan meals a week ahead and use a shopping list

•Use reusable tableware

•Shop at local food cooperatives

•Take a reusable container with you when you go out to eat

Household Operations

•Weatherize your home with insulation and double-paned windows

•Change your lights and install efficient lighting and appliances

•Adjust your clothing, not your thermostat

•Purchase renewable solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal energy where available

•Install low-flow devices for toilets, showers, and faucets

•Share tools with neighbors

•Run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher

•Use a clothesline

•Think of carpenter ants as indicators of wet wood in your house to find and stop leaks

•Reduce family use of resources

Landscape

•Use integrated pest management, avoiding pesticides and herbicides

•Check with your local Master Gardeners for safe pest and weed management

•Use compost to fertilize

•Use mulch in your garden to control weeds and retain moisture

•Plant drought-resistant native vegetation

•Install drip irrigation if you must water

•Pick up dog waste, bag it, and put in the garbage

•Keep your cats indoors

•Maintain your septic system

•Chip yard waste rather than burn

•Don’t water your lawn in the summer

Products

•Borrow or rent instead of purchasing new

•Repair rather than replace

•Buy previously owned products

•Buy only what you need

•Support locally-owned and independent businesses

•Buy locally made products

•Look for independently certified products for low toxicity, greenhouse gas emissions, and sweatshop free labor

•Stay healthy: avoid toxic cleaners, paints, stains, adhesives

•Remember that water is the universal solvent and it is non-toxic

•Start tracking your purchases to get an idea of quantity

•Give earth-friendly gifts with earth-friendly packaging

Waste

•Reduce: Sell or give away used furniture, clothing, bicycles, and other unneeded items

•Reuse: Compost food and yard waste for use in the garden

•Recycle: Paper, cardboard, glass, metal, plastic, batteries, and fluorescent light bulbs

•Take household hazardous waste to collection days or sites

Participate

•Learn about the flora and fauna of your local environment

•Assist local groups involved in sustainability issues

•Get to know your neighbors

•Attend city and county council meetings

•Vote

•Run for local office

Font: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/

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