Get the Whole Neighborhood Involved: Start an Eco-Club

Most of us have at least started to look into the benefits of going green. Some states now mandate recycling, which is a great first step. For those that don’t, some concerned citizens collect and deposit cans, bottles, and other items at their local recycling center (often for cash back). There are people who plant trees, engage in highway trash pickup operations, and even find ways to cut back on energy and water consumption within the home. And while it’s great that individuals are trying to make a difference in their own lives, think how much communities could do if they banded together to make a group effort on behalf of the Earth? If you’re interested in doing more for the environment, then maybe you’ll want to talk to your neighbors and get them on board with an eco-club. Here are just a few things you might try together.

1. Community garden. You likely know of an empty lot somewhere in your area, so get your neighbors together and approach the city council about donating the lot for a community garden (you may even secure other donations from local businesses for seeds, tools, and so on). This will not only cut back on the amount you have to buy from the grocery store (saving money); it will also help kids to learn a valuable life skill and provide every family with fresh, organic produce.
2. Set up an order with a local farm. If nobody has the time or expertise to get a community garden off the ground, then perhaps you can approach a local farm or co-op as a group to set up weekly deliveries to your neighborhood. Some farms offer this service for individual houses, but if they don’t, they might be more likely to accede if a lot of people were buying together. Or you could find someone in the neighborhood with a truck and pitch in to cover gas for weekly trips to the farm.
3. School recycling program. There’s no better way to ensure a cleaner planet now and in the future than by teaching the youth to respect the Earth and cut back on pollution and waste. So get together with other parents in your neighborhood to brainstorm ways to install recycling bins in every area school as well as start after-school programs that will help kids to help the environment.
4. Carpool or walking club. Everyone has their own car, but that doesn’t mean you and your neighbors can’t find ways to cut down on carbon emissions. Get the whole neighborhood together to see if you can arrange a couple of carpools. And think about starting a walking club to take all the kids to the bus stop or deliver them directly to school. As a bonus, you’ll work in a little daily exercise with the latter!
5. Create a community Craigslist. There’s no doubt that we live in an era that thrives on disposable products, but you’ve probably heard the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Instead of sending items like furniture and housewares to the dump when you’re done with them, create a neighborhood blog to advertise freebies. Your neighbor might be keen to reupholster your old couch rather than buying a new one or you may have a use for the antique chandelier that your neighbor replaced.

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