13 Ways You Can Change The World Without Trying

What if you could make a difference by doing things you already do? Through awesome tools like Duolingo, you can make a positive impact without having to drastically change up your routine.

1. Cuddle a puppy for a day, help train a future assistance dog.

You know you want to cuddle some puppies. There are countless programs, like Dogs With Wings in Canada, that allow you to adopt future assistance dogs to help expose them to different real-life scenarios.

2. Spare a text message for a good cause.

You already do it all day anyways, might as well send an occasional text to donate $5 or $10 to the cause of your choice - it will automatically be added to your phone bill.

3. Turn that time you spend on Facebook into money for charity!

With this neat browser extension, every time you open a tab, a fraction of a penny gets donated to charity. So easy.

4. Planning to see the world? Make a difference while doing it.

Help build a clinic in Nepal or volunteer in a rainforest in Borneo. With companies like Adventure Alternative, you can spend your time aiding those in need while still getting to travel.

5. Leave your car at home once a week.

By taking advantage of public transportation, you help reduce our country’s carbon footprint by 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions each year and save 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline. How about that for making an impact?

6. Recycle!

You have to throw things away every day, so just be selective about how you do it. Recycling reduces landfills, saves trees, conserves energy, creates jobs, and saves money. In fact, the recyclable materials in the U.S. waste stream would generate over $7 billion if they were recycled.

7. De-clutter your closet and help others who may not be able to afford new clothes.

There are plenty of companies you can donate your old clothes to, which helps provide clothes for people who could really use them. It’s a win-win situation!

8. Like to jog? Might as well jog for a cause!

Get people to support you and contribute to charities on behalf of your run! Here are some tips on how to make it happen.

9. Contribute to charities by watching YouTube videos.

With this cool YouTube initiative, charities actually benefit from you watching videos of adorable animals all day! The channel helps with funding by donating a percentage of the associated ad revenue.

10. Help out a charity while you shop!

Every time you shop with Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price to the charitable organization of your choice. It’s no different than shopping online as you normally would, but now you get to make an impact!

11. Go vegetarian once a week.

Our appetite for meat is responsible for 70% of the Amazon deforestation in Latin America, where the rainforest has been cleared to create new pastures. So give kale and brussels sprouts a shot, you might even like ‘em!

12. Donate your voice and create free audiobooks.

Read a book aloud to create an audiobook, then make it free and accessible for people everywhere with Librivox.

13. Quit drinking bottled water.

Nearly 17 million barrels of oil are used to produce bottled water annually, which is enough to power one million cars for an entire year. In the end, it’s just water, so why worry about the package it comes in?

Learn a new language, and make language learning possible for people everywhere!

By using Duolingo, you’re not only learning a new language, but you’re also helping translate real documents from around the world! This is how Duolingo stays free of charge, so that people in need can learn a new language without worrying about the cost.

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