Climate change, species extinction, mass shootings, political turmoil. We enter 2019 with even more resolve to be part of the solution. Let’s keep ourselves, our planet, and our communities strong and healthy.

Q Resolutions: Subscribe to and pay for news.

Q Resolution #1: Support journalism. “…public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy.” Read more at Society of Professional Journalists.

 Resolution #2: We must reduce plastic use!

Q Resolution #2: We must reduce plastic use. 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year. See National Geographic’s running list of action on plastic pollution or read up on ways to live a plastic-free life.

Help save insects and bugs.

Q Resolution #3: Insects and bugs are disappearing in huge numbers. Learn why we should love our creepy crawlies and how to help.

Q Resolution #4: Spend your money on experiences.

Q Resolution #4: Get off the couch. Turn off your electronics. Spend your money on experiences. Science suggests it will keep you happier longer.

Q Resolution #5: We must reduce the amount of microfibers entering our environment.

Q Resolution #5: Reduce the amount of microfibers entering our environment. Much of the clothing we buy can shed these tiny plastic pollutants when washed, allowing them to enter our rivers, lakes, oceans. Here’s what you can do to make your clothing ocean safe.

Q Resolution #6: Connect with nature.

Q Resolution #6: Connect with nature. Get some petal power! See why gardening is good for our mental health.

Q Resolution #7: Support the community with more local buying.

Q Resolution #7: Shop local and understand why this benefits all of us.

Q Resolution #8: Let’s keep working together to keep our communities safe.

Q Resolution #8: Let’s keep working together to keep our communities safe. Learn about bipartisan efforts at Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence.