In a town like Lawrence, the key to long-term sustainability may be how we relate to each other in our own neighborhoods, the ways we connect in daily life, and the things we do in everyday life. Thus the things we at home such as cutting energy use, eating smart, eliminating toxic substances in lawn care, are important. On top of that these benefits are magnified when we cooperate and stay connected with people around us. Opportunities for saving money, using environmentally smart practices, and building a sense of community are only limited by our imaginations. Remember together you can make a difference in the world and as Margaret Mead said you should “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Here are some things you can do to be more sustainable, save money and build community
- Share equipment: lawn mowers, snow blowers, hedge trimmers, cooking utensils, etc.;
- Trade books, video games, CD’s, and other entertainment media;
- Share freezer space, clothes lines, outdoor grills;
- Run errands together, especially those involving heavy bundles, such as trips to food stores, farmers’ markets, garden supply stores;
- Share magazine subscriptions;
- Trade pet sitting, baby-sitting, elder care services;
- Share garden plots for both vegetables and flowers.
and one of our favorites…
- Potluck suppers: share leftovers, good times, good company, and good stories.