If you've been following along on social media this month, you've seen my daily Inktober pieces focused on climate change. It's been tough spending every day researching new ways we are poisoning our planet, which is why I wanted to use all that time and effort for something good. I hope we can all commit to making small changes in our lives while working toward large-scale changes in our communities and countries. Pick just one small action you plan to take to combat climate change, share it with me, and be entered to win a selection of this month's Inktober pieces. See all the details--plus suggestions for helpful changes--below!
"We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly."
I hope that quote is as encouraging to you as it is to me. It's easy to look at someone who has committed to producing no plastic waste (how do I get my kids' vitamins? Their medicine??), or to only buying local produce (what do I do when my only local market closes in the winter?), or to only taking public transit (there are no options where I live!) and think--why even bother? I can't achieve that same level in my own life
But the good news is, we don't have to live those lifestyles perfectly. We only have to do a little bit better, do as much as we feasibly can, to make a difference. For me, this month really highlighted how horrific plastics are to our environment, from bands and netting that animals become entangled in to tiny microplastics that they mistakenly eat. My goal is to reduce my plastic waste more than I already do by mixing more of my cleaning and hygiene products at home, increasing the amount of unpackaged produce I buy, and putting in the extra effort to buy in bulk. I also plan to avoid non-recyclable gift wrap this holiday season, using up what I already have in reserve and using decorated brown craft paper for the rest.
So what do you plan to do in your own life? See the giveaway guidelines below and a list of suggestions!
Here are some suggestions for little ways you and I can make our lives and homes a little cleaner and greener. When put side by side, this list can seem overwhelming. But that’s just it—you don’t have to do all of them. You only need to choose one, or two.
Happy Halloween, and thank you for coming on this journey with me! One crisis at a time!
No October art round-up this month---it was all Inktober!
Emily B. Martin
Author and Illustrator