What is your Eco-Resolution?

 Kristen Mertz – St. Louis Regional Outreach Assistant

image provided by: EMSCO

I’ve never really been into New Year resolutions. If I needed to change my habits, I would at any point in the year. This is especially intriguing, because this is my constant battle: being eco-friendly, along with getting others to understand why IT IS IMPORTANT. From what you wear to what you eat, you are making a decision that affects the entire planet. 
My eco resolution is to become more vocal and encouraging, assisting others in creating a more green life for themselves, and remembering why I began mine.

Here are some steps I have taken to become more eco-friendly:

•Re-useable EVERYTHING!! 
I keep a silverware set on hand, along with metal straws, bags, and today I even had Kaldi’s coffee use my own bottle to put my coffee in.

•RECYCLE: plastic, aluminum, glass, paper, electronics….why wouldn’t you?? 
BUT they must be CLEAN in order to be accepted.

•RECYCLE OLD CLOTHES: fabrics can be accepted at Remains in STL, donated to places such as Goodwill, or local clothing swaps.

•BUY SECONDHAND: Before purchasing try looking for it on FB market, or a resale shop. Consumerism is engulfing us.

•Keep your local drinking water clean, ONLY RAIN DOWN THE STORM DRAIN. Limit use of pesticides/fertilizers on lawns. Dispose of old car fluids correctly.

•Call your energy provider and see if you can be connected to a renewable, I live in Alton, IL and am participating.

If you do any of these today because you read this post, my eco-resolution is in full effect. These simple tasks will greatly effect our river’s health as well.

https://www.remainsinc.com  
https://www.ameren.com/illinois/electric-choice/renewables  
https://1mississippi.org  
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_s?k=reusable+ 

Become a

River Citizen

Yes! The river can count on me!

I am committed to protecting the Mississippi River and will take at least three actions to care for this valuable resource. Please keep me informed about actions I can take to protect the Mississippi River as a River Citizen:

 

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Step 1

Become a River Citizen

Yes! The river can count on me!

I am committed to protecting the Mississippi River and will take at least three actions to care for this valuable resource. Please keep me informed about actions I can take to protect the Mississippi River as a River Citizen:

 

Step 2

Educate Yourself

One goal for 1 Mississippi is to educate the public on the urgent problems facing the River. We are supported by the Mississippi River Network, a group of organizations that are experts in various areas concerning the River. Each section below is intended to provide some basic knowledge about these important issues and links to experts who can provide more detailed information. 

Nutrient pollution

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Step 3

Take Action

There are many ways you can take action. We have a list of 10 actions you can take now, You can volunteer and you can check our action center in order to see what bigger projects we are working on. Here we give you the information you need to call your congressman or sign onto proposals. You can also check out our events calendar to see what events are happening in your area.

10 actions you can take now!

The Action Center

Events Calendar

River Citizens are people who want to clean up and protect America's greatest River. 

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