An Introduction

Each of the ten statements below is a general statement related to our lifestyle. Try to describe your current choices.
Answers range from:
 1  5  10
Never Sometimes Always

Read the 10 statements below. In the adjacent box, write the number corresponding to your answer. E.g. ‚ 1= Never. When you finish, add the numbers to get a score.

Questions Answers
I choose foods that are grown locally and are chemical free. 1. _____________
I make an effort to use fluorescent lighting rather than incandescent. 2. _____________
I keep the thermostat at 68 degrees in winter and at 75 degrees in summer. 3. _____________
I wait to have a full load before using the washing machine or dishwasher. 4. _____________
I combine trips when running errands by car. 5. _____________
I recycle newspaper, office paper, plastics and metals. 6. _____________
I make an effort to find and buy products made from recycled materials. 7. _____________
I look for leisure activities that will bring me in contact with natural settings. 8. _____________
I make choices based on the impact on the natural world and community of life. 9. _____________
I make consistent efforts at learning ways to live simply. 10. _____________
Score of 20 -69? See tips.
Score of 70+? See resources for ongoing learning.

Tips for Living More Lightly

  1. Buy locally produced, organic food to help reduce air pollution caused by transporting food and toxins out of the water supply.
  2. Replace as many bulbs in your living/work area as possible with fluorescent bulbs, which produce more light and less heat than incandescent bulbs.
  3. Lower the thermostat in winter: raise it in the summer.
  4. Save water any way you can as a gift to the environment. Look for more tips in upcoming issues.
  5. Travel fewer miles by car.  The result will be less gasoline burned; less smog, soot, and carbon dioxide pollution, and better health for our world.
  6. Recycle newspaper, paper, plastics, styrofoam, batteries, cans, cell phones, and appliances. Find out how it is done in your area and begin.
  7. Make recycling work by buying recycled products. Paper products are becoming available now that consumers demand recycled.
  8. Take a daily walk or keep a plant.


New Road Map Foundation
The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Choices from The Union of Concerned Scientists. Michael Brower and Warren Leon. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999. ISBN 0-609-80281-X


Analyze some of your everyday choices and how they impact the environment.
What choices do I feel good about? Where do I feel the need to make some changes?