With the start of 2018 just around the corner, many of us are looking ahead and thinking about our goals and what we would like to accomplish in the new year. While you are working on some of your personal goals, why not include the environment? You may be thinking about some common goals people set, like riding your bike, or carpooling, but what about some fresh ideas to inspire yourself and your community, but yet simple. Here at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, we are always thinking about new ways to protect and help the environment. Here are some of our nature-focused New Year’s goals to get you motivated and inspired:
- Visit your Local Farmer’s Market
Supporting your local farmers is a great way to give back to the community, plus you will find some of the freshest produce available. If you live in the Roswell, GA area, the Roswell Farmers Market runs from April until October each year and features many local Georgia farmers. However if you are looking for something during the winter, the Morningside Farmer’s Market in Atlanta, GA runs all year each Saturday morning and is certified organic (a nice plus!).
- Go Meatless One Day a Week
Did you know it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef (50 Ways to Help)? If you can’t go completely without meat, just try cutting it out one or two days a week.
- Use Recycled Paper Products
According to Real Simple Magazine, if every American household purchased one package of 100 percent recycled napkins, we would save 1 million trees! Amazing right? Popular brands include Seventh Generation and Whole Food’s 365.
- More Indoor Plants in Your Home
Many of us likely have planted trees outside, but what about indoors? By having even just a few indoor plants in your house, you can remove up to 87% volatile organic compounds in the air every 24 hours (Bayer Advanced). Some popular plants to have indoors include a Spider Plant and Peace Lily. Help your family breath and live easier.
- Consider Installing CollidEscape on your Windows
If you have visited us recently, you likely have noticed little dots on our windows at the Discovery Center. According to the Atlanta Audubon Society, up to a billion birds, a year die after flying into windows. By installing bird-friendly dots or film on your windows, you can help protect our precious wildlife and still, enjoy the view out your windows. Learn more about what product may be right for you here. Plus, check out our blog post on CollidEscape and the Atlanta Audubon Society here.
What nature-friendly new year’s resolutions are you committing to this year? Let us know below!
The Mission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center is to connect people with nature. Learn more at www.chattnaturecenter.org.