Green stories, by Lesley

The musings of Lesley Lopes about the journey to a more sustainable lifestyle.

New Year resolutions


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I gave up making New Year resolutions a while ago. I thought that if I wasn’t going to resolve to do something truly momentous, why bother making a fuss about it? But I’ve changed my way of thinking. Little things do matter – when you add them up they can make a very effective whole.

That’s part of the reason that this New Year issue includes a story about 25 easy ways to live more sustainably. This is a list of things you can do at your place – many for little or no money – that can make a difference in the grand scheme of things. Once you decide to do them, don’t go back. And don’t forget to tell your friends and family about them, as perhaps you can inspire others who don’t know quite where to start on their journey toward a greener lifestyle.

There is also inspiration aplenty in our other feature stories this issue. You can read about how our Green Lifestyle Hall of Fame awardee, Olivia Newton-John, is getting behind a project that will see millions of trees planted worldwide. Olivia, who helped start National Tree Day back in 1993, has got together with Do Something! Founder Jon Dee and his daughter Estelle to make tree planting part of every child’s education. She tells us about her longstanding support of big environmental issues but also the importance of making small changes in our lives.

There’s also the story of Murray and Ray Chalmers, two blokes who drive their ‘koala ambulance’ around Queensland to help save injured animals. Their resolve in helping to preserve the numbers of these endangered creatures is truly admirable.

My New Year resolutions perhaps won’t eclipse their efforts but it will be a start.