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A “Green” December:

During the month of December, I took part in Green December, an initiative organised by the global movement NOW!, which tackles many challenges of our time, and the month of December was dedicated to climate and the fight against climate change.

During the month of December, all the participants received one e-mail per week, containing daily actions to take in order to tackle climate change, resolve the environmental crisis and be, overall, more mindful of our impact on the planet. For each day, the tips came with a small explanation about why that specific action was useful and important, so I also learned many things just by reading the e-mails.

Even though I have pretty much always been aware of climate change and global warming, I can’t say I have always actively taken action against it. This is something that I recently decided to change, and I have slowly made my way towards a more conscious lifestyle, choosing more sustainable and environmentally-friendly options. Of course, I still have a lot to work on, but it’s a process!

I loved taking part in this challenge precisely because it would challenge me to do more and find new ways to take action. Each day, I would check the weekly email to read about the daily tip and implement it. There were days where I couldn’t do the action because of external factors that I couldn’t really control, so I just did it the next day, for instance.

What I loved was the fact that the actions were easy to do, yet effective. They didn’t require you to completely change your routine or habits but were still very meaningful! I was glad to see that I already regularly did some of them, like not eating meat on certain days, avoiding single-use plastic or unplugging my devices, but I also learnt many new ones!

The trickier part for me was that the movement relied a lot on social media and “spreading the word” and awareness. It is of course essential to raise our voices on these issues, but it is also something I struggle with a bit more, given that I am not very active on social media. Hopefully, though, this blog post will inspire you to take action and to implement some of these changes in your daily lives, like I did.

The best way to do so it to make a pledge and find some climate-related resolutions for the year, which were two of the last actions to take during Green December. In my intentions and yearly theme, I wrote that I wanted to be more mindful and care more about the environment, so the pledge and resolutions were perfect for that.

In fact, it is easy to say that you will care more about the environment, but harder to put it into practice, and that goes for every resolution. The key, to me, is to actually define actions that go towards a bigger goal.

After some thinking about my way of living, I decided that I would try to only eat meat once or twice a month. This requires some adjustments to my habits, because even though I am not a big meat-eater, I do enjoy the occasional steak if I order food or go to the restaurant. My pledge is to limit these occurrences as much as possible, and possibly to once a month!

To accompany this, I took 5 resolutions to have a more sustainable lifestyle:

  • Clear my inbox weekly
  • Buy more things in bulk, especially food like rice or nuts
  • Limit as much as possible single-use plastic
  • Buy clothes from ethical brands/second hand
  • Shop more at farmers’ markets for local products

I will talk more in depth in another post about the different actions and tips that were given during this challenge and other things you can do at your level to care for the environment and the climate, so if you have any tips or actions share them in the comments!


Did you take part in Green December? Do you have climate-related resolutions for the New Year?

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Hey, I'm Juliette! I'm starting this blog to keep a record of and share my adventures. I love everything sweet, sunny days, fluffy kittens and people who smile. When I don't work I like to discover new places and try to learn languages. I hope you will find something that you like in here! ☼

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  1. Thank you for introducing me to Green December. It was an amazing initiative! Like you said – the daily tasks were all effective yet easy things to do.

    Starting last year being sustainable is a lifetime goal for me. I think a major goal for me is to read and be more aware of the different ways in which my lifestyle is unsustainable. Eg: the mailbox -server -power consumption thing is something I never thought of, I had over 10k emails that were junk and that I ended up deleting because of Green December. So my goal is that I want to keep learning about ways to improve my lifestyle.

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    • I’m glad you also gained some knowledge during Green December! I also plan on having a more sustainable lifestyle this year and will post in the coming week some easy things we can do – mainly inspired by the Green December actions! Thank you for sharing your experience 😊

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  2. Going green is an excellent way of contributing to environmental conservation and from my personal experience – it’s not even hard to do, because today there are just so many amazing and innovative ways that you can use to move towards living an entirely green lifestyle. Three years ago, we sold the Tv, started cycling to work, started a compost pile, switched to plastic free hygiene products and absolutely loved the whole process of doing it. I feel much healthier and happier and can’t wait to do more. As Jane Goodall once said: ”You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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    • Wow I love the quote you shared – it is so true!!! As you said, having a more sustainable lifestyle and caring for our planet also makes us feel better because we acte more intentionally! I still have a long way to go, but I’m slowly making progress! Thanks for sharing your contribution! 😊

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  3. these photos are absolutely stunning. wish I was there 💚💚
    oh and btw, I have some similar goals … need to clear my inbox (well, more often at least… so far I have over 5k unread emails 🙈) and need to shop at local farms more often 🙌🌟

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    • Thank you! I love that we have similar goals! I hate having unread emails so I have very few of those, but hate deleting them so that’s where I’ll have to focus ahah! 😊 Shopping locally is very satisfying but I always feel a bit awkward at first.. Hopefully I can go through it this year! 😊 Thank you for sharing your goals and reading!

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    • Thank you! I am also struggling with it to be honest! I’m usually at once a week, so going towards once or twice a month is a big stretch, but not impossible I think! But even not eating meat every day is challenging for some, and it’s already a good step towards a more sustainable lifestyle! 😊

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  4. Well done for taking action, Juliette. Often, we like saying things but never do anything about them. From your post, it seems that you have grown so much in understanding and empathy for the world. You sound connected. It is really a wonderful thing to read, thank you and all the best with your goals.

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words! I have definitely learned a lot and the challenge has made me more aware of some tiny yet impactful canges I can make, so it is also very motivating! 😊 I will share some of the actions in a future post, hoping it can inspire and motivate others!

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  5. This is such a great initiative and I love the whole idea of it! I always try to buy things in bulk especially dry stuff and I try to buy from ethical companies but it can be difficult sometimes due to the price difference.

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    • It’s true that ethical shops are often on the pricier side, and are more of an “investment” that not everyone can make and I consider myself super lucky to be able to do it 😊 It’s great if you shop in bulk! I always find those shops a bit intimidating (no idea why ahahah) but would love to go more!

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  6. wowowowowww what a great way for people to challenge themselves!! thank you for sharing this. I’m beyond excited to do a few things that can satisfy myself AND help a little bit towards the tragedy that is climate change. you are amazing

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    • Thank you so much for your comment! 😊 It always feels great to contribute a bit to the fight against climate change, and it also unites us as a world population! 😊

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  7. I remember when you first talked about it and I had to look it up. What really deterred me from joining in was exactly what you noted here: so many actions relied heavily on social media awareness and publicity. I’m sure many made the most of the initiative and others, like you, learned a lot about themselves and what they want to do to help the world go green with it! Hope you’ll stick to all the changes you’ve made throughout December. Except not eating meat though. Meat is goooood! 😛

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    • Yes, the social media aspect of it wasn’t my favourite, though it is also very needed I think – imagine if someone with a big audience decided to do that, it would influence many people to do so 😊 So far it’s been good, I still plan on being quite flexible but many of the changes I already did on some level! And I know ahahah I love meat but I don’t plan on stopping it entirely 😊 Thanks for droppig by Lashaan!

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