Ahhhh, the how-to. I didn’t want to put a number in the title, because I like to be contrary on occasion. 375 words.
Are you a current inhabitant of Planet Earth? Congratulations! You have the necessary qualification to be an Earth steward. All you need is a little dedication to this funny little spheroid and her people, and you are good to go.
You require only minimal training to fulfill your duties. Much of the knowledge that will help you do your job well can be gained from other people through such means as talking to them, reading books and articles they have written and understanding why some of them refuse to get involved.
Detailed below is the job description. You may perform all or some of these duties, as you are able to.
- Educate somebody about the benefits of looking after the environment. Make sure you do this properly. Beware: you don’t want to come across as bossy, because this will detract from the positive work you are trying to do. (#TrueStory)
- Recycle, upcycle. This includes accepting gifts that are recycled or upcycled. Money is sometimes a better gift than a poorly-assembled, though thoughtful, present. Related: Do not shame a recycler.
- Reduce, but always bear in mind that you are also a steward of the economy. Consume responsibly.
- Accept that not everyone wants your lifestyle. Keep telling them that they have to accept that you don’t want theirs either. Dialogue is important, as is setting a good example.
- Encourage policy makers and businesses in your village, town or city to adopt practices that are good for the planet. Every little bit counts, but the big bits count more.
- Prepare to do a little to a lot of research. Some suggestions: Calculate your carbon footprint and work on reducing it. Find out what a carbon footprint is.
- Invest your money in clean technology and programmes encouraging clean development. A solar charger for your phone, perhaps.
- Don’t waste, especially what is on your plate. If you can’t eat it in the restaurant, take it home.
Regarding your appraisals- future generations of animals (including humans and humanoids) and plants will judge you.
As for remuneration, you will be paid in clean air and water, a prosperous green economy, and not so many natural disasters (if you’re lucky). A possible, but not promised, bonus: you might get to save the world.
For tomorrow, Day 14: Write a sonnet . Or two.
Oh dear. That will not be easy.