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First Recycling Steps

Climate change is real and unless we make a change we will be stuck on a sinking ship that has helped us evolve and has provided us with sustenance for about 200 000 years. How do we make a difference? Many people are willing to help but don’t know how. Here is a list of 5 small  things you can do every day to make a difference:

1.Don’t accept straws

Straws are great but let’s be honest with ourselves we really don’t need to use them. A few restaurants offer paper straws but these aren’t exactly helping the issue. The point is to reduce environmental impact. If you are truly going to insist on using straws the best alternative would be reusable glass or metal straws.

Photo by Meghan Rodgers

2.Active Recycling

You don’t have to be perfect at recycling when you start, but starting is the biggest step. Buy a bin for plastics and take them to a recycling drop area or you can connect with a waste collection company.

Photo by Gary Chan

3. Watch your transport methods

Cars are harmful to the environment but until we have completely electric transport they will have to be used in some circumstances. Carpooling and public transport is a way to reduce emissions for now.

Photo by Carl Raw

4. Use Reusable Bags For Grocery Storage

Every time we buy loose fruit or vegetables from the store we use a disposable bag, by investing in your own reusable bags you won’t be contributing to the production of single use plastic products.

Photo by Adam Muise

5. Save Electricity

This an obvious one if you live in South Africa but at the end of the day we predominantly have coal power stations that have one of the biggest impacts on the environment. The solution at the end of the day is to use energy saving light bulbs invest in solar panels and switch off your geyser.

Photo by Rodion Kutsaev

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.