Is It Time You Made A Difference?

Many of us wish we could do more to help, but what’s stopping you? Doing your bit to make a difference doesn’t have to mean giving up your time or money – there are things you can do every day that can help make the world a better place.

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While you might not have lots of money to donate or you have little free time, there are still some great things you can do that will make more of a difference than you realize.

Learn about some of the ways you can help make a difference with the suggestions below.

Start recycling

Recycling is something that everyone should be doing to try and improve the earth. The amount of waste we produce could be having a serious impact on the environment, so it’s up to us to change our habits. There are some simple ways to recycle that will just become a part of your daily routine over time, helping you to do your part without much effort.

Reduce your use of plastic

The use of plastic is something that has been getting a lot of media attention lately, and it’s time to start thinking about ways you can use less of it every day. Simple solutions for reducing plastic waste include refusing plastic straws and using bags made from paper or recyclable material. Even chewing gum can have an impact on the environment, so switch to breath mints as a way to freshen your breath instead.

Donate regularly

You can donate money regularly using an advanced payment or PayPal payment to help your favorite charities. If you tend to waste $5 a month on something like buying magazines, why not switch to reading online and giving your money to charity instead? When you set up a regular transaction for charitable donations, you won’t notice the money leaving your account each month.

Give blood

If your health allows you, giving blood can be a very rewarding thing to do with your time. You can donate blood at Red Cross centers which are located all over the country. There are some restrictions you’ll need to keep an eye on, but otherwise, a regular blood donation can really help those in need. If you were to need a blood transfusion in the future, you’d realize how much of a big deal it is that people give their time so generously to help others in emergency medical situations.

Have a clear out

A clear out of your home can help you to donate unwanted goods to others, instead of having them take up space. Clothes, in particular, are good to donate, as they can go to goodwill and charities to benefit those who need them. Clear out your closet and divide your items into things that can be donated, and those that can be recycled. You’ll find that there are many initiatives out there from clothing stores and other organizations who will recycle clothes of any quality – using them to help people in need. Reduce the amount of clutter in your closet by having a ‘one in, one out’ policy that only lets you put a new item in when you get rid of another.

Join social initiatives

There are plenty of fantastic social initiatives out there that you can get involved in to help you make a difference. Many of these initiatives require little effort, but you’d be surprised at the impact they can make on people’s lives. You can read more about the work that MyPostcard do to help others, using what is typically a commercial app to do some good to help others. There are great stories of companies who are doing amazing things to help others, so make sure you take the time to check them out and get involved if you can.

Celebrate awareness days

It might feel like there’s a ‘national something day’ happening every day, but there are some awareness days that are more important to note than others. Days such as World Water Day, World Autism Awareness Day, etc. are important to note, and you could do your bit by spreading the word. A simple tweet or Facebook post is all it takes to help spread the message and encourage others to stop and think.

Volunteer your time

While you might not be able to commit to weekly or even monthly volunteering, there are some things you can do to help offer your time to others. Whether it’s helping children to learn to read, visiting the elderly or volunteering at soup kitchens – there are things you can do when you’ve got the time to help others. You could even look a little closer to home and help those in your community – a neighbor who’s unable to walk their dog or needs help with some yard work could greatly appreciate your offer of help.

Become a virtual volunteer

If volunteering in your community isn’t something you’re interested in or you feel there are other ways you could offer your time, why not become a virtual volunteer instead? If you have digital skills, in particular, you can help with creating social media content, blogs, website copy and other tasks that can help charities and other projects get their work out there. Making the most of your skills to help others can be a worthwhile experience, and is also something you can put on your resume to help you with future job opportunities.

With so many great ways to help others, you should look at the different ways that you can use your time to make a difference. There are plenty of ways to find happiness in helping others that can help make a change in you, as well as the world. Helping others is a great lesson to teach your children too, so if you can find time as a family to spend time volunteering or doing something good for the environment, you’ll help them develop into conscientious citizens. Volunteer your time and help make a difference.  

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Feed the World: How Can We Make More of Our Crops?

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With a growing population of humans, the strain on the land is certainly showing. This means that we need to find new ways to feed ourselves without ruining the environment. In other words, we need to figure out the optimal way to sustain our population long term.

Enter agronomy.

This is the science of figuring out how to produce more food, keep the soil healthy and even develop healthier foods. While you might think that this depends on GM crops, it is actually much more diverse and takes in all kinds of methods such as crop rotation, the best fertilizers and pest control too.

Specialists such as MKC have been working on various agronomy techniques for years and can offer all sorts of valuable advice. You can contact us for more information, but in the meantime, here are a few things you can do yourself to make the most of your land.

Selective Breeding

One of the best ways to produce excellent crops is to select your breeding plants very carefully. Gardeners and farmers have been doing this for hundreds of years and it is quite a simple process. All you need to do is pick your best plants and breed them together, then do the same over and again until you notice the characteristics you are looking for.

If you aren’t comfortable with GM crops, you can use selective pollination to breed the healthiest plants in order to encourage those traits. Over a few generations, you should see some significant differences and be able to produce bigger crops, more resistant crops or even novel, unique crops.

Mixed Cropping

Sometimes when looking for ways to innovate and improve current methods, the past is a good place to look. Planting single crops is a relatively recent idea, but before the industrialization of agriculture, farmers would plant multiple crops in the same field. With the right crops planted together, this can still create the perfect situation for crops to grow. This is called mixed cropping.

Even on a large farm, mixing crops like maize, beans and pumpkins is a great way to improve the way that your crops grow, keeping the soil in good condition and optimizing the yield you get. With the different species of crops, you will also attract different beneficial insects, creating a fabulous biodiversity.

Technological Advances

Though we tend to think of technology as a cause of environmental problems, it is also the best chance we have of understanding the environment and optimizing conditions to improve the situation. In fact, whether you use technology to track changes, control climates or monitor results, you can certainly find a way to put it to good use.

As more and more food is required, it is important that farmers look to every possible way of improving crops and looking after the soil they grow in. Choosing the right crops through selective breeding, planting complementary crops together to create a biodiverse growing area and using technology to track results can all work together to build the future of agricultural practice.

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How The World Is Becoming More Eco-Friendly, One Small Step At A Time!

The world is quickly becoming a much more environmentally friendly place. Over the past two decades or so, a lot has changed when it comes to the environment and how we treat it. So far, we’ve managed to repair the holes that our ancestors made to the ozone layer, making rates of skin cancer higher. Luckily, with years of hard work at leading more environmentally friendly lives, these holes have been reduced in size and, in some instances, completely repaired.

The world is an amazing place, which is why leading a more sustainable and eco-friendly life is so crucial for everyone. With that in mind, and to help inspire you to take steps to become more ‘green,’ below are some examples of how the world has become a more eco-friendly place.

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Solar power is getting bigger

In 2018, solar power is a huge resource and one that an increasing number of people are taking advantage of each year. The fact is that solar power is now a more accessible form of power than ever before, which is why it has become more used in domestic homes, as well as in commercial properties. This kind of energy is clean and renewable, unlike the many other types of energy used around the world. Of course, there is also wind power and water power, however, for domestic properties, these aren’t as easy to incorporate, whereas solar power is a much more cost-effective option, which is why so many domestic properties now sport solar panels.

Technology is advancing

Then there is the fact that technology has started to take leaps and bounds when it comes to leading a more eco-friendly life. There are various gadgets and gizmos that have been created to make the process of being more environmentally friendly easier and less stressful to do. From smart thermostats that can be controlled via your smartphone to oil water separator technologies that make dealing with oil spills easier and prevent such widespread damage to sea life, eco-friendly technology has come a long way. It’s advancements in tech that make leading a more sustainable and ‘green’ life easier, which is partially why more and more people are choosing to take more steps to lead more eco-friendly lives.

It’s easier than ever

As mentioned above, being eco-friendly is becoming easier than ever before. The fact is that within a short time frame, eco-friendly living may become the only form of living, which is why adapting now is a much better choice than waiting until it’s necessary to do so. Take energy powered cars for instance, that are clean and give off no fumes, and can, of course, run off of solar power, in years to come these cars will be the only cars available. Then there’s solar power, it may not be compulsory to have solar panels fitted to your home right now, but sometime soon it may well be, especially as our other power sources begin to run out.

The world is becoming more eco-friendly than ever before, which is a fantastic step. If you want to ensure that you do your bit to lead a more eco-friendly life, the tips and ideas above should help you to do that.

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4 Genuine Reasons Plastic Can Improve Your Life

Plastics aren’t in the good books at the moment. Around the world, millions of tonnes of polymers are polluting oceans, beaches, and coastlines. The drive to cut down on plastic production is a smart and necessary idea. Still, it doesn’t mean a polymer can’t have a positive impact on your lifestyle. Indeed, plastics have a variety of ways to improve everything from your mood to your finances. Just don’t tell the environmentalists because they’ll think you’re the devil!

Here are four legitimate reasons why plastics are helpful and how they make it happen.

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Roll Back Expenses

They are a common place which means it’s hard to see their true worth. Of course, carriers are the easiest example. Even as supermarket bags get reduced, a bag for life only costs 25 cents. And, it’s usable for the rest of your life, which is a hell of a bargain. Grocery bills also rely on the use of plastics. Coverings allow stores to keep items for longer and that can result in a price reduction. And, it’s far cheaper for manufacturers to use plastic packaging which means it’s less expensive for shoppers. Although the amounts are small, every penny adds up in the long-term.

Help The Planet

Just because you use polymers doesn’t imply you hate the planet. Lots of people are in a rut and don’t know how to change their behavior. Thankfully, plastics are here to help in a cruel twist of fate. Again, a lifelong bag is an excellent way to cut down on plastic use and save the environment. And, there are numerous things you can do at home too. Starting a basic recycling pile is a simple and effective method to stop pollution. How does this help you? Well, doing your bit for Mother Nature increases feelings of self-worth and boosts esteem.

The Credit Perks

Plastics come in many shapes and sizes. The most common form is a card. Yep, everyone has a credit card which they hate. Damn you overdue balance! However, when used correctly, a piece of plastic can improve your lifestyle two-fold. For instance, the credit allows you to buy essential items when you don’t have the funds. As long as the balance disappears by the end of the month, there is no harm. Some people even use a Citi Private Pass to see shows, watch concerts and attend events. Having a life which involves extracurricular activities is the only way to maintain a healthy balance.

Safety

Plastics have been used in car manufacturing for a long time. However, developers are starting to use them to strengthen security. Airbags are now made from plastics, as are seat-belts. Both of these are vital safety features in case of an accident. It’s not an over exaggeration to say that they are lifesavers. And, it doesn’t end there as there are plastic door fillers, roof supports, and fuel tanks. From a transportation point of view, polymers are essential for customer safety.

For many people, they are helpful in everyday life but do you agree?

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Do Unto Others: Happiness in Helping

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Helping other people is the noblest of causes. Taking time out of your day to help friends, family, and strangers is something that we all tell ourselves we will do, but so few of us actually do. But the opportunities are out there, no matter where in the world you may live.

There are a plethora of options available for those who want to do more to help their fellow humans. Enriching other people’s lives will help them, as well as yourself. The positive effect that philanthropy has on our mental health is well documented, and so, in a world awash with inequality, doing your part to aid the less fortunate is something that will benefit everybody.

SOCIAL WORK

Going into the world of social care is an admirable endeavour. Often, you are working with those who have mental health problems, the poor, and sometimes the dangerous. Before starting, it is wise to look into obtaining an online MSW, to adequately prepare you for what many believe to be a thankless occupation.

Only, it isn’t a thankless occupation. There will be times where you get screamed at, called names and generally treated not very nice. But keeping your head up and knowing that you are doing this for the greater good is a reward all in itself.

VOLUNTEERING

Work for free, are you mad? No, actually, not at all. Volunteering can be done anywhere, anytime, whether it be at an animal shelter, homeless shelter or ever travelling abroad to build a school in a third world country.

Sure, you don’t get paid, but that isn’t the point. You are in this to help others, not boost up your bank account. You can find local or worldwide volunteering networks online with a quick search and start to give back. Along the way, you might be surprised at what wonderful, interesting people you meet and gain a broader perspective of the world. While you may not be rich in cash, your wealth will be overflowing with good vibes and experience.

DONATIONS

If you don’t have the time to volunteer or obtain a new qualification, you can always find the time to donate to local or national causes. Organisations such as charities are the obvious option, but also consider food banks and clothing donations.

Furthermore, you can set up payment plans to donate to wildlife or environmental conservation, as well as medical research to battle the most devastating of diseases. It doesn’t matter where you donate to, as long as you do it. Although, some charities are less transparent than others, so it pays to do your research and ensure your money is going where you want it to.

The happiness to be found in helping others is unlike any other sort of happiness in life. Taking just a bit of money out each week to help save the planet or those in need, donating old clothes that otherwise would rot in the attic, or going that extra mile to engage and support are all admirable. You have been gifted with a good life; it’s not too much to ask to help make someone else’s life just as good, also.  

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Yes, You Can Go Green While Enjoying The Same Lifestyle

The once blue planet, the Earth, is on the verge of an environmental catastrophe. Our air is polluted; the wildlife is endangered, and some of our favorite resources are threatening to disappear. In fact, the green discourse that spreads across the planet is not another philosophical mindset: It’s an absolute necessity to maintain Life on the Earth. However, more often than not people can’t be bothered or are unsure how to take actions. Don’t be fooled into thinking that going green is an impossible sacrifice that will change your life forever. Going green is an effective way of improving the survival chances of all living creatures on Earth, but it doesn’t have to destroy the lifestyle you’ve created! Everything starts with a simple little step: Making way for sustainability in our lives. From reminding businesses of their responsibility to having an honest chat with your local authorities, you can do a lot to encourage others to embrace the green movement. But what we care in this article is what you can do yourself.

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Does green living mean no tech?

There’s a common misconception that a green life is a life deprived of technology. Don’t just bin your smartphone now; you can keep a modern lifestyle while respecting the environment. There is no need to embrace an Edwardian existence and cut yourself off from any social and professional facility just to protect the planet. What matters, though, is to understand how modern waste, and especially electronic, can affect the environment — to find out more about electronics recycling – The Complete Guide from DRM can provide many answers to your questions. In other words, it’s not how you use modern items from plastic bottles to computers that plays a role; it’s how you dispose of them. Here’s a hint: Your old items can be recycled. Therefore, making an effort to bring unwanted items to recycling centers can make a great deal of difference to the wildlife.

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Does green living mean no more car?

Most people think that going green is not for them because they can’t afford to live without a car. Nobody is expecting you to. But what you can do, though, is to pick a second-hand vehicle, because they have a reduced environmental impact compared to new cars that need to be produced and shipped. A Ford Focus from 2008 onward offers a perfect combination of reliability and low CO2 emissions. If you prefer a German make, the Polo (2005) is kind to the environment and the wallet. Alternatives to cars are public transports, cycling or directly working from home.  

Does green living mean a less comfortable home?

Many believe that turning down the heater is the best way to save energy. But being cold and going green are two different things. Using green insulation – Popular Mechanics suggests easy ways to stay warm and eco-friendly. You can keep your heating low in winter and save energy by relying on polyurethane foam to keep the cold outside. It’s an ideal choice for basement and attic walls. Icynene is another excellent insulator that doesn’t only traps air but moisture too so that the home is warm and mold-free.

In the end, going green is easier than you think. Remember that even the smallest step can have a considerable impact on the environment. Saving the planet is not a life change, but it can change lives.

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Don’t Give Winter The Colder Shoulder: Act Now

Winter is both a wonderful and terrible time of the year. As a result, it’s easier to discuss the negative impacts of the winter time once we’re away from it! While you might be thinking of the snow painting white landscapes and the snowmen appearing gradually in each front garden, there is also another side to winter. Winter is a cold season that endangers the safety of your home, the survival of the wildlife, and – even worse – human survival too. It would be unfair and irresponsible to only think of hot chocolate, a battle of snowballs and Christmas decoration when too many lives are fighting to go through winter. As a result, it is now time to consider what you can do to prepare for the colder months and to improve your home, the wildlife’s chances and the life of the many people who don’t have a roof over their heads.

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What Are You Doing At Home?

The problem with winter is that it is a season of high natural risks that can damage your home, or simply infiltrate through a weak structure. For instance, water is not only about snow. Rain too can join the party and cause serious damages to your home, especially if your roof is holey. Unfortunately, a holey roof is noticed only when the first winter rain creates a drip inside the home. In other words, it’s best to get your roof checked in advance! Additionally, if you live in a region that is renowned for its cold winter, you might want to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze. This could destroy your water system, and cause your home to be cut off from the water supply until the repairs can be done. So if you are looking for ways to avoid such issues, Heat-Line is a good name to bear in mind. It is a Canadian company that has developed freeze-protection solutions to withstand the coldest climates. It’s not the kind of expertise you want to live without if your home is in a cold region.

What Are You Doing For The Wildlife?

Even the wildlife has a hard time in winter. Therefore it is important to give it the best help you can. This starts by letting your garden go wild so that animals can hide and hibernate safely. Additionally, if you have a water feature, remember to break the ice so that the fish or frogs that hibernate at the bottom can survive. Additionally, make sure to leave food for the animals. Birds, especially find it difficult to feed themselves in winter, so providing a range of peanuts, seeds, and table scraps will prove very useful. If you have a big garden, feel free to leave food for other visitors, such as bread and boiled potatoes for foxes, nuts for squirrels and even cheese for badgers.

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What Are You Doing For Others?

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Members from the Charleston Elks Lodge 242 pass out hygiene products to homeless veterans and civilians at the 11th annual Stand Down Against Homelessness Oct. 29, 2010, at North Charleston Armory Park, S.C. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is an American fraternal order and social club founded in 1868. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Timothy Taylor)

There are hundreds of thousands homeless people in every country. Too many die during the winter; they freeze to death. It is a horrible way to go. While you can’t find them a home, you can certainly help them to survive dire winter months. You could choose to distribute food, toiletry supplies, and warmer clothes to help those who sleep outdoors to survive. Often warm socks, sleeping bags, and blankets can make a huge difference when the weather is cold. So what can you give to save another life next winter?

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