I'm calling these resolutions "easy" because I think they are definitely achievable without sacrificing quality of life. I am already doing several of them and want to continue them in 2013. I have blogged about some previously; I will blog about the others during 2013.
1. Donate greater than 5% of my income to humanitarian charities, as guided by The Life You Can Save.
2. Follow Michael Pollan's Food Rules. (N.B. One of the rules is to "break the rules once in a while.")
3. Purchase and eat only free-range meat, increase meat-free days to 4 per week and buy from farmers' markets as much as possible. (As per Michael Pollan's food rules, "treat meat as a flavouring or special occasion food.")
4. Continue to use the Shop Ethical! app to guide supermarket purchases (and remember to take those reusable grocery bags).
5. Have old clothes and shoes mended and re-soled, instead of throwing
them away. If unable to be mended or donated, use old clothes as rags. If buying clothes (or other textiles), buy only second-hand, fair trade or ethically-made products and buy less overall. Host a Clothes Swap Party.
6. Participate in at least a couple of my own "Buy Nothing New" months.
7. Don't buy bottled water.
8. Increase the amount of regular exercise that I do. (You may wonder how this is an ethical resolution. It's probably the best thing most people can do for their physical and mental health, which increases their chance of being a productive member of society for as long as possible, and reduces present and future burden on the health system.) Sleep enough every night.
9. Get a bicycle and start cycling for transport, fun and health; continue to use public transport and walk as well.
10. Give away at least seven items per week.
11. Further reduce electricity and water consumption.
12. Successfully grow at least one plant on my balcony, preferably edible!
13. Continue blogging here at least once per fortnight and engaging with like-minded people.
What are your resolutions for 2013? Can you suggest others I can add to my list?