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52 Ways to Improve the World

Here are a few ideas on how you can take action and make a difference in your own community.

Energy and Climate Change
1. Conduct an energy audit of your home or business.
2. Replace your lightbulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
3. Buy or rent a hybrid car.
4. Install solar water heaters or solar electric panels at your home or office.
5. Buy a flex-fuel car and fill your tank with ethanol.
6. Buy energy-efficient appliances.
7. Update your company's energy management system with smart metering.
8. Ask your utility company how to buy clean, renewable power.
9. Walk, bike, or carpool to work.
10. Donate to organizations that install renewable energy systems in developing countries.
11. Invest in a clean energy fund.
12. Calculate your carbon footprint, reduce your energy use, and offset the rest with investments in clean energy.
13. Demand action from your elected officials on climate change.

Global Health
14. Implement a model workplace health and wellness program to generate awareness among your neighbors.
15. Stop smoking.
16. Teach children about diet and exercise to prevent chronic disease.
17. Get an annual physical.
18. Train community personnel to perform first-level health services.
19. Deploy MBAs in developing countries to build local health management.
20. Provide employee vaccinations (i.e. flu shots) and increase employee health benefits.
21. Donate to organizations that offer free immunizations for children in high-risk areas.
22. Donate water sanitation equipment to organizations dedicated to clean-water initiatives in developing areas.
23. Donate WHO/UNICEF oral rehydration solution packets, at 6 cents each, to alleviate diarrhea-induced death among children.
24. Walk or ride a bicycle to work to keep fit. Encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
25. Provide transport and logistical services to improve healthcare delivery.
26. Contribute medical equipment to developing world clinics.

Poverty Alleviation
27. Donate leftover bulk food to a local shelter.
28. Brew Fair Trade coffee in the workplace and buy Fair Trade products.
29. Start a program in your workplace to provide pro-bono or volunteer services.
30. Donate used computers to schools or start-up companies in need, locally or internationally.
31. Offer your technical expertise to agencies mounting emergency aid programs.
32. Donate to microfinance programs with entrepreneurial training for women in rural areas.
33. Invest in income-generating agriculture projects in developing areas.
34. Support efforts to bring internet and computers to rural areas.
35. Create niche markets for products produced by your company.
36. Start an exchange program designed to provide expertise and skills training.
37. Advise developing countries on diversifying and strengthening investments.
38. Create new financial instruments for small businesses to access capital.
39. Launch a workplace program to raise funds for an effective NGO.

Education
40. Sponsor a child with a scholarship to attend school.
41. Teach a lesson to others in your school or community about education in developing countries.
42. Donate funds to buy a school uniform or supplies for a child.
43. Volunteer to help build a school abroad.
44. Contact your legislative officials to advocate funding for universal education.
45. Host a fund-raiser to support an NGO helping children in developing countries go to school.
46. Develop a "sister school" relationship to support a school in a developing country.
47. Donate to a school lunch or feeding program to create incentives for parents to send their children to school.
48. Donate to UNHCR or other organizations working to provide education for children in conflict areas.
49. Have your workplace sponsor a school.
50. Join the Global Campaign for Education.
51. Start a club at your school or in your community to support education for children.
52. Sponsor teachers to attend professional development programs to improve the quality of education.

Courtesy of the Clinton Global Initiative.