This sheet offers a number of steps we can take to reduce the impact of our ecological footprint on the Earth. Please look over this list of actions and, if you feel inspired, commit to a few or more of them by marking the blank with a “√” (check). If you already are currently practicing the step, mark an “X” on the blank. When you are done, please copy your commitments onto a piece of paper that you can carry with you as a reminder. Please share your commitments with your Sangha, allowing other practitioners and friends to see and to be inspired by your actions. I,_______________________________, commit to:
____ Walk or bike to work _______ days per week. ____ Walk or bike to places within five miles. ____ Carpool to work or use mass transit. ____ Reduce air travel to less than ________ flight hours per year. ____ Purchase energy credits to compensate for travel. ____ 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 _____ %. ____ Use stairs, not elevators and escalators. ____ Have an electricity-free 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). ____ Reduce the use of hair dryers and appliances. ____ Support farmers and reduce food-miles by buying local produce. ____ Grow produce at home. ____ Do not use pesticides or herbicides. ____ Purchase % organic food. ____ Join a community-supported agriculture 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 heating 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 a 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 _____ %. ____ Take short showers, using warm water rather than hot water. ____ Install a solar water heating unit. ____ Re-use greywater. ____ When urinating only, do not flush the toilet. ____ Turn off faucet while brushing teeth and shaving. ____ Reduce overall water use by _____ %. ____ Install a system to capture and store rainwater. ____ Pick up trash along walking/jogging route. ____ Educate myself on ecological issues. ____ Write articles and stories to help others get in touch with their ecosystem. ____ Meditate once a week on my relationship to the ecosystem in which I live. ____ Meditate 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. ____ Encourage a friend to commit to items on this list.
My own commitment proposals:
I make the commitment to practice the items that I have checked above so that I may reduce the ecological impact of my way of living.
The Earth Peace Treaty Commitment Sheet is available as a PDF to download. Please visit: http://www.mindfulnessbell.org/articles/Earth-Peace-Treaty.pdf