Instagram @fightforzero By Stel Bailey
Leaders throughout Brevard County have been going green in their communities in all kinds of ways. In 2019, the City of Melbourne offered a composter rebate program, the City of Satellite Beach banned single-use Styrofoam at city venues, and the City of Cocoa painted storm drains to help educate residents on Lagoon health. Sustainability is important because it not only protects the earth but also improves our quality of life. Our choices affect our environment and community. For the most part, it is relatively simple to maintain a “green” lifestyle. It’s just a matter of adjusting your awareness and habits. One way you can start making a personal difference in the world today is by using the zero waste philosophy: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot. A majority of your trash is sent to a landfill and by 2021 we will only have 10-15 years of landfill capacity left in the United States. Every purchase we make is a vote for the world we want. Start refusing things you don’t need like freebies, bottled water, junk mail, and disposable products. All those things you are not using had to be produced at one point.