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The news is full of overwhelmingly bad news, forests are burning, ice is melting, the wellbeing of all people is not being prioritised and we are not feeling heard. Let’s not get anxious, but active, each in our own way, starting today.

Here are 15 ways to take action and play a positive part in our living systems and the wellbeing of all. After all, we are all interconnected, the butterfly, the rainstorm, the child, the forest, the food we eat…the stranger, the starfish, the soil…we are one thriving, diverse, beautiful web of life.


1. Become part of your food cycle, grow some food, even if its herbs on the windowsill, grow to eat. Then return all kitchen organic waste to the nutrient cycle by composting, bokashi bin, chickens, giving to a community garden or simply dig a hole in the ground.

2. Harvest rainwater, and if you can’t then save the water you have access to and try re-use all filtered waste water for gardens

3. Be kind to all life, to a spider, a neighbour, a stranger, a bee

4. Plant trees, lots, or fund someone to do it for you, keep it indigenous to your area

5. Buy local, in-season food, healthier for you and lower impact, support local agroforestry methods of growing food

6. If you eat meat let it be a once a week treat, realistically we won’t all be vegans by tomorrow, but we can reduce our meat consumption and its impacts. Cut out seafood if it is not your subsistence staple, the oceans need to recover

7. Buy second hand clothes, have clothes swops or know where your clothes are made and by whom

8. Divest from any investments/banks linked to fossil fuel, let’s keep the carbon in the ground

9. Speak up, follow Extinction Rebellion and march/speak up when you can, sign up to make ecocide illegal, make informed votes for local and national politicians. Speak for those who have no voice

10. Love who we are, humans are amazing and innovative, share the good news and solutions

11. Stop all poisons, in your home and garden and also ask questions about the food you buy

12. Plant indigenous to your area, let your garden be a haven for bees, birds, all insects and small wildlife. Let the wildflowers and dandelions grow. Protect local indigenous, wild areas and nature corridors.

13. Reduce your plastic impact, refuse single-use plastics, go for reusable or packaging-free wherever you can, reduce or stop eating seafood as ghost fishing tackle causes the most plastic ocean pollution

14. Vote with your wallet, make informed choices about the places and products you regularly support, make sure they have practices good for people and planet

15. Lower your carbon impact, use public transport, carpool, bike, walk whenever you have the option. Reduce the amount you fly, if at all. If renewable energy is an option for you, go for it!

Do you have any other priorities to action? Please add them in the comments…

We can shift to a regenerative culture and economies of wellbeing, the action starts with us, today.

About Rhian

Rhian Berning is on a journey is to find and document ways of living that are gentle on the planet and beneficial to all people. She loves telling the stories of the incredible people and places that are actively building a future beautiful and created the online Eco Atlas platform to bridge the gap between active citizens and regenerative, socially just businesses so we can all be everyday changemakers and vote with our wallets.

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7 thoughts on “15 ways to take action today

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    Hi Rhian

    I agree except for the vegan thing I don’t see myself going there any time soon but I do understand the logic behind your reasoning..Any ideas on carbon offsetting projects specifically created to offset carbon?


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      Rhian Post author

      Oh absolutely agree that not everyone can be vegan, I’m not vegan myself, that is why I specifically said reduce meat consumption, meat should be treat, the planet cannot sustain everyone eating meat every day. Have a look at Spekboom on Facebook, they are growing spekboom to offset carbon. I’m also involved in a school planting project where we will be planting spekboom to offset carbon, I will mail you the details when the campaign is live.

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    We need to support and create circular (closing the loop) systems within home, community and society. Flush toilets were one of the world’s disasterous inventions. We all need to be responsible for everything we do, say and think. As we healthily care well for ourselves it radiates toward others. Gardening? Let what you grow, go to seed…it means circles of seedlings everywhere…

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      Rhian Post author

      Couldn’t agree more Marilyn! In nature everything is cyclical and fed back into the system as a resource for other organisms, we definitely need to think the same way. And I was just thinking that if I had to add a number 16 to this list it would be to Share Surplus – save seeds and share, share surplus food grown. Letting plants go to seed is so important!

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    I agree – especially with going vegan and choosing a plant based diet. Meat is such a wasteful indulgence and not healthy long term. Choosing a plant based lifetysle has heightened my awareness around so many other topics – and helped reduce plastic consumption too!

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    In our own lives, reducing energy use is vital. Find ways to do much less driving, flying and heating.

    Socially, divestment from fossil fuels can have a huge impact. Companies like Shell that are systematically breaking the climate cite divestment as a risk to their business models in their annual reports.