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: