In my experience, the more selfless a New Year’s resolution is, the more likely you are to stick with it. Also, the less specific it is, the more opportunities you’ll have to carry it out. The goal setter in you may balk at this, but a resolution is not a goal. It’s an intended behavior.
Let’s say your resolution for 2012 is, “To stop working for myself and start working for the world.” It may seem a little vague, but every time you have a decision to make, you can ask yourself, “Who am I working for?” Nothing vague about that.
Umair Haque, author of The New Capitalist Manifesto, describes how the businesses that matter to people in the 21st Century are the businesses that make people meaningfully better off.
Dean Baker writes in The Guardian about how efforts to reduce the government deficit are often portrayed as a generational issue, while efforts to reduce global warming are almost never framed in this way:
The main factor that will determine the economic wellbeing of our children and grandchildren will be the strength of the economy that we pass down to them. This will depend, in turn, on the quality of the capital and infrastructure we pass onto them, along with the level of education we give them, the state of technical knowledge we achieve and the state of the natural environment.
If we cut the deficit by making spending cuts that affect our progress in these areas, we will be making our children worse-off, not better-off.
If one of your New Year's resolutions includes consuming less meat and dairy, you'll want to read this recipe in the New York Times this morning, as part of Mark Bittman's article "Recipes for the Semi-Vegan".
This delicious miso soup is just the first of ten simple but tasty recipes.
In one of my favorite talks from the last few years, TreeHugger.com founder Graham Hill identifies the three most effective ways to slash your carbon footprint. Together they make for a great New Year's resolution for anybody who cares about living in a safe and peaceful world. As an added bonus, they'll improve your health and save you time and money!
I highly recommend watching the video, but if you don't have time here are the Cliffs Notes on high impact carbon reduction:
- Cut way down on meat consumption.
- Minimize your air travel.
- Switch to a renewable energy program.
By Jeff Oeth