From Thich Nhat Hanh, “The World We Have”

This sheet offers a number of steps we can take to reduce the impact of our ecological footprint. Please look over this and, if you feel inspired, commit to a few or more of them by downloading and marking the blank with a “√” check. If you already are practicing the step, mark an “X” on the blank. When you are done, please print your commitments onto paper copy so you have them as a reminder.

I commit to:

__Walk or bike to work __ days per week.

__Walk or bike to places within 5 miles.

__Carpool to work or use mass transit.

__Reduce flight travel to less than ____ flight hours per year.

__Have a car-free day once a week.

__Have a car-free day once a month.

__Work at home one day a week.

__Reduce car trips by ____ percent.

__Use stairs, not elevators.

__Have an electricity-fee day once a week.

__Get an energy audit of my home and improve its efficiency.

___Purchase and install solar panels at home.

__Purchase renewable-source electricity (wind, geothermal).

__Air-dry clothes (without a dryer).

__Reducer the use of hair dryers and appliances.

__Support farmers and reduce food-miles by buying local produce.

__Grow produce at home.

__Not use pesticides or herbicides.

__Purchase ____ percent organic food.

__Join a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) group near my home.

__Replace light bulbs at home with compact fluorescents.

__Eliminate the use of air-conditioning at home.

__Reduce air-conditioning at home by ___ degrees.

__Reduce hearting at home by ___ degrees.

__Install a programmable thermostat at home.

__Install energy-efficient insulation and windows at home.

__Eat only vegetarian food.

__Drive a fuel-efficient vehicle.

__Avoid purchasing disposable items with lots of packaging.

–Replace paper napkins, towels and plates with reusable equivalents.

__Use the library instead of buying books, as much as possible.

__Use cloth or other reusable bags for shopping, etc.

__Use biodegradable cleaning products.

__Compost kitchen waste.

__Encourage office/school to recycle.

__Share magazines and catalogs by donating them to clinics, etc.

__Reuse and recycle all items possible.

__Buy clothing in used clothing/thrift shops.

__Plant native and drought-tolerant plants where applicable.

__Plant ___ trees in my neighborhood.

__Turn off computers while not in use.

__Install a power strip for appliances to avoid drawing ghost electricity.

__Set computer and display to turn off after 10 minutes of inactivity.

__Reduce use of hot water by ____ percent.

__Take only short, warm showers.

__Install a solar water heating unit.

__Re-use gray water.

__Flush only when necessary.

__Reduce overall water use by ___percent.

__Install a system to recapture and store rainwater.

__Pick up trash along walking/jogging route.

__Encourage a friend to commit to items on this list.

__Educate myself on ecological issues.

__Write articles/stories to help others get in touch with their ecosystem.

__Meditate once a week on my relationship to the ecosystem in which I live.

__Mediate once a week on how I can reduce my consumption, and act on this.

__Write to local and national politicians calling for more effective environmental legislation.

__Support local environmental organizations.


Add my own commitment proposals here:



About Still Water Sangha of MN

We are a community, formed with enthusiasm and joy, practicing Mindfulness and Meditation together in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We meet on Monday nights from 7-8:30pm in a private home in Stillwater, Minnesota.
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