Make a difference in Lymington: resolutions for the New Decade
For a sustainable future we all need to make changes to the way we live our lives.
Local environmental and sustainability group, Transition Lymington, launched their '2020 Vision' in May 2018. The objective is to remind ourselves why we love Lymington and what we can do to help enjoy it and protect it, making a sustainable community for the future.
Every month they have proposed a list of achieveable suggestions - small things that could start making a really big difference.
Plus also take a look at our article: Can we do more here in Lymington and the New Forest to save our precious planet?
Month 20: New Year's Resolutions
We've reached month 20 of Transition Lymington's 2020 vision and with a new decade dawning it is the perfect opportunity to resolve to live more sustainably. Many of us are already striving to think more about the environment in our daily lives and below are some ideas that are based on the last 20 months' challenges. Have a go at growing your own food. Resolve to drive fewer miles. Reduce your meat consumption. Reduce, reuse and recycle. Reduce plastics and think of the many other ways in which you can live more sustainably. Let's resolve to make a difference in Lymington and the New Forest to ensure it remains a great place for many years to come.
See below the challenges relating to each month. Get inspired - let's see how many we can achieve!
Make December different
Think more sustainably this Christmas - support local and avoid waste.
Month 18: Repair rather than replace
It is so easy these days to get caught up in our increasingly disposable society. Stop and think - can your repair rather than replace? Take a look at the checklist below for inspiration!
Month 17: Think about clothes and fabric
Without a doubt, one of the world's biggest pollutants and unsustainable industry is clothing manufacturing. Most of us are guilty of having a wardrobe stuffed full of clothes, yet have 'nothing' to wear. Fast fashion has reached unacceptable levels - and in many countries the manufacture of fabric creates pollution, deforestation and unfair working conditions. What can you do this month to make a difference?
In month 16, we were challenged to creatively use and respond to change:
In month 15 we were challenged to seek out New Forest Food and Produce:
In month 14 we were challenged to seek clean air...
In month 13 we were challenged to refill...
In month 12 we were challenged to step out of our comfort zones and make a difference...
In month 11 we were challenged to use local solutions that respect nature.
In February we were challenged to integrate rather than segregate...
In January we were challenged to look at patterns and details in nature.
In December, we were challenged to consider renewable resources...
In November, we were challenged to make plans for a very different December...
In October, the challenge was to produce no waste:
In September, the challenge was to share: when you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.
This August as a part of their 2020 Vision, Transition Lymington challenge us to reap the rewards - grow your own, make your own, pick your own... take a look at the inspiring ideas below.
Lymington 2020 Vision - Month 3: Easy Plastic Swaps
This July as a part of their 2020 Vision, Transition Lymington challenge us to reduce our use of plastic. Here are some ideas of easy ways to avoid plastic - see how many you can achieve this month!
Let's see how many swaps we can make for plastic this month!
Lymington 2020 Vision - Month 2: Save Energy!
Transition Lymington launch their 2020 Vision
What we can all do to help enjoy and protect Lymington.
On 1 May 2018, Transition Lymington launch their 2020 Vision. The objective is to remind ourselves why we love Lymington and what we can do to help enjoy it and protect it. The vision is for a sustainable and thriving community that we love.
Each month for the next 20 months, Transition Lymington will release a short list of 20 easy, 'do-able' challenges. These will be themed and its up to you how many you do. The list may give you other ideas too.
May 2018 is the first month and the theme is Observe and Interact. The challenges listed are to allow you become more connected with Lymington, the New Forest and our coastline and include ideas such as ‘listen to the sound of the waves,’ ‘look at the stars and the moon’ and ‘have a picnic in the New Forest.’
Every month the theme will change and you can expect a huge range of challenges and suggestions such as ‘easy plastic swaps’ ‘saving energy’ and ‘growing food at home.'
Lymington 2020 Vision is using a Facebook page – Lymington 2020 Vision – as an interactive place where you can print off the lists and then post your ideas and upload photos of the challenges you have had fun completing. You can also view and download the lists here at Lymington.com.
If you plan to do a challenge, please make sure when you get there, it is safe to do so - you take part at your own risk.
Lymington 2020 Vision - Month 1: Observe and Interact
Transition Lymington is a group of local people who meet up and work together on ideas about how to make SO41 more sustainable and pleasurable place to live.