FIVE GOOD THINGS

you can do this month

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OCTOBER 2018

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Quit this

2

Watch this

3

Use this

4

Sign this

5

Think about this

1

Quit this

Alright, all you smokers out there. Enouuuugh. It makes you smell, it makes your breath stink, it discolours your teeth, it gives you lung cancer, it's disrespectful to anyone who has lost someone to cancer, it pisses off parents with small children sitting near you, it makes you look like a relic of ancient times AND it contributes to our planet's plastic problem. Check out the jellyfish with a lovely bit of Philip Morris cigarette wrapper lodged inside it. Think of all the itsy bitsy plastic filters inside all your cancer sticks - where do they go? ENOUGH.

What can I do to help?

Quit smoking or help someone you love quit.

How much time will it take?

Ooh, depends.

Further reading:

Plastic or planet?

Our Plastic Problem

 

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Watch this

Welp, this is sobering. "A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day," says design ethicist Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they're all competing for one thing: your attention. Harris shares how these companies prey on our psychology for their own profit and calls for a design renaissance in which our tech instead encourages us to live out the timeline we want.

What can I do to help?

Watch this and then try to cut back on the amount of time you spend on social media.

How much time will it take?

17 minutes to watch and will actually save you time if you do get off social media!

Further reading:

Teens who refuse to use social media

 

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Use this

I'm not a fan of cars. They're dangerous, they're crap for the environment and, as a pedestrian and sometimes cyclist, they really get in my way. So Pontevedra, the car-free town in Spain pictured here, sounds just about perfect for me.

What can I do to help?

If you live somewhere where an alternative form of transport - foot, bike, or public transport - is available, use it instead of driving. Bonus - you'll be healthier!

How much time will it take?

Depends on how far you're going....

Further reading:

Pontevedra bans cars

The Future of Public Transportation

 

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Sign this

As Emma Thompson writes, "For too long, big brands and the palm oil companies they buy from have been getting away with murder –  I mean that quite literally. And for too long our response to orangutans has been, ‘ohhh, the poor things’ as we’re shown photographs of them orphaned, thin and at death’s door. But change is possible – we can make it so."

What can I do to help?

Sign this petition.

How much time will it take?

Thirty seconds.

Further reading:

Emma Thompson and Orangutans = Rang-Tan

The Real-life Rang-Tan

 

5

Think about this

Last month, George Monbiot wrote in The Guardian that "Plenty of people imagine we can carry on as we are, as long as we substitute one material for another. We won't save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup. We must challenge the corporations that urge us to live in a throwaway society rather than seeking 'greener' ways of maintaining the status quo."

What can I do to help?

Read this article and think about your lifestyle. Are you a bonafide member of the throwaway society or do you consider yourself a conscious consumer? 

How much time will it take?

A few minutes to read the article and months or even years to change your lifestyle. 

Further reading:

George Monbiot's article in The Guardian

How to be a more conscious consumer

 

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