Whether 2020 sped by or dragged on endlessly for you, one fact remains: 2021 is here! (Good riddance, 2020.) During this time, people often think of New Year’s resolutions or goals they can set for themselves in the coming year.
There are a lot of ways to change your habits in 2021. Diets, exercise routines, and self-help plans are just a few examples. These goals are great, but why not aim for something larger that actually takes less effort?
Living a more sustainable lifestyle is something we can all strive for. We should all care about our impact on the environment around us. Our environment affects our health, our development, and so many aspects of our lives.
It is important that we maintain the natural world we have for future generations, but sometimes this seems like an impossible task for an individual. However, making small contributions to global sustainability does not need to be a massive undertaking.
So, how can we learn from 2020 and start 2021 off with a sustainable picture in mind? You’re just a few steps away from making a difference in the New Year. We assembled a list of 7 sustainable development goals you can apply to your lifestyle in 2021.
We might all live in a neighborhood, but do we actually “live” there? It’s easy to get caught up in the bigger picture of your city, but we can’t forget about our local communities. While 2020 has been a difficult year to get out and connect with others locally, the next year may provide a chance for a new beginning.
With a few tips in mind, your New Year’s resolutions can be locally focused as well:
With a NIU scooter, you can explore new areas of your neighborhood, meet new people in your area, and take the initiative on these local goals.
We are surrounded 24/7 by our devices, appliances, and electronics. They provide us with opportunity, entertainment, and so much more.
But most of us have some room for improvement when it comes to conserving and reusing the technology around us. There are a few things you can do to help:
Tech is such a crucial component of our modern lives. Together, we can continue improving our lives with technology and still be sustainable in our approach.
Next on our list of 7 sustainable development goals for 2021: eating and drinking. Food and beverages are an obvious necessity of our everyday lives, which means there are plenty of achievable opportunities to be more sustainable with these habits.
Take a bite out of 2021 with these simple steps:
We often take water for granted. You simply turn on the faucet or the shower, and there it is! Fresh water at your disposal. But it’s not an unlimited resource. We each have to do our part to make sure we can maintain the water supply for our needs.
Don’t let this chance go down the drain! Check out these tips for using less water:
Especially around the holidays, it’s easy to treat yourself and your loved ones to extra goodies. Maybe you just like browsing for the best deals. Or perhaps you enjoy the excitement of awaiting a new package to arrive with your name on it.
Whatever your reason for purchasing, it’s helpful to consider what you buy and whether you will really need or use it in the long term. In particular, stick with these pointers when buying products:
For many, the phrases “reuse” and “recycle” have been repeated in our minds for years. But we could all use a refresher on some best practices for how to best achieve this! We can all do our small part throughout 2021 to recycle and reuse, without being overwhelmed.
Here are a few considerations for reusing and recycling in 2021:
As our cities continue to grow, they also continue to get smarter. With the recent upheaval in the urban mobility space, it’s easier than ever to navigate our cities in more sustainable ways.
Finishing off our list of 7 sustainable development goals for 2021, here are some green mobility tips to help you get around smarter in 2021:
You can also support companies with greener visions of the future. For example, companies like NIU have saved over 1.8 billion kilograms in carbon dioxide emissions by providing urban mobility options to the masses. That’s equivalent to planting more than 90 million trees!
These might seem like 7 very simple sustinable development goals, but they can have a profound impact on the environment around us. We encourage you to incorporate some of these New Year’s resolutions into your 2021 sustainable lifestyle. While it may take some time, every contribution helps.
We asked one of our readers, Tedd Soost, what his New Year’s resolutions are for a more sustainable 2021. One of his big focus points will be more affordable and efficient transportation options. “I’d like to test out car sharing and see if it can work for my family. If so, then we would only own NIU scooters,” he says.
With some dedication, we can work together to continue making our world a better environment for all.
Which goals are you excited to include in your sustainable lifestyle for 2021?