New Year’s Resolution #12 – Spend More Time With Family and Friends

We all know that New Year’s resolutions can be hard to keep. After all, there’s a reason so many of us come back to the same resolutions every year. But going green doesn’t have to be a New Year’s plan that falls by the wayside. By joining together with those around you to make small, meaningful changes in your everyday life, you can make being green easy and fun the whole year through. So, for our twelfth and final New Year’s resolution, we want you to spend more time with your friends and family and share your new green habits with the ones you love.

Start off the new year by unplugging and getting outside. It’ll be easy to find time for your friends and family once you turn off the TV, power down your phone, and close your laptop. No matter where you live, you can find ways to have fun outdoors. Get everyone together for a bike ride, a hike in a local park, or just an evening in the backyard. And don’t let the winter weather stop you: an afternoon of ice skating or sledding is a great way to get fresh air and exercise (and will give you a great excuse to drink lots of hot chocolate!).

Also try to plan regular family activities that center around going green. If you’ve got kids, look for educational board games that will teach them about the importance of being eco-friendly and get them involved in making green changes in the house. Kids will love digging in the dirt to plant a garden or helping you with a homeade Halloween costumes. You can also enlist friends to help you with bigger projects like weatherizing your home or get your neighborhood involved in environmental projects like conserving water or starting a curbside recycling program.

Another great way to get your friends and family going green is to volunteer with local charities – you’ll be giving back to the community and spending time together. Many cities use volunteers to clean up parks or playgrounds and local nature centers often rely on volunteers to help with fundraising, maintaining trails, or giving tours. Even kids can get involved, and working in nature is a great way for them to learn. And always remember, whether you’re planting trees or just stuffing envelopes, every little bit you can do helps.

 

Goals for 2012

• Unplug and get outside with your friends and family.

• Have a family game night with fun, eco-friendly board games.

• Organize a group to volunteer at a local park or nature preserve.

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