We know these are heartbreaking and stressful times, and we also know it’s tough to feel like there’s nothing you can do to help your community. Here are some action items and things to do during the pandemic, if you have the extra time and energy, to keep yourself involved in protecting and connecting to the Earth.
Send a letter to Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan to advocate that they rapidly transition away from fossil fuel projects and embrace clean energy now. Bank of America is one of the world’s top financers of fossil fuel projects.
Ask the New Hanover County Commissioners to consider environmentally sustainable economic development. Here’s the action alert thanks to the Alliance of Cape Fear Trees. Learn more about ACFT at their website.
Complete the 2020 Census online. It takes about 5 minutes to complete, but the census has the power to shape the future for the community. Census numbers help determine to which crucial public services (schools, public transit, healthcare, etc.) hundreds of billions of dollars are allocated, and whether to adjust or redraw electoral districts based on how populations have decreased or increased. You can track how your neighborhood is reporting by visiting here. By reporting online, you’re preventing others from going door-to-door and putting themselves at risk of contracting COVID-19. Thanks to You Can Vote for keeping us informed on all things census—volunteer with them remotely here.
Register to vote online (and make sure your friends and family are registered to vote too!) if you haven’t already.
Take a walk and bring a bag and gloves to pick up trash along your route.
Email your favorite environmental organization and thank them for the work they’re doing in this difficult time.
Do some research about your current bank. Are they making sustainable investment decisions with the environment and your future in mind? If they are not, take this time to divest your money from fossil fuels. Do some research, and open up a new account at your local credit union or an environmentally conscious bank. These resources from Stop the Money Pipeline may be able to help.
Plant a garden! (If you have the space, of course.) There’s no time like all the time to get a green thumb and learn how to better sustain yourself, your family, and the earth.
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