Treat others as you would like to be treated—a simple reminder that we are told at a young age. However, it does not always carry over into our day-to-day activities. Yesterday marked the start of the annual ‘Be Kind to Human Kind’ week, a week long initiative encouraging others to display acts of kindness to one another. Being kind is something we strive for on a daily basis, but what if we began to include the environment around us as a recipient of our compassion? Take a look at how you can kindly be green.

 

Sunday

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Sacrifice Our Wants For Other’s Needs Sunday is normally recognized as doing something for someone else in need. It’s about helping others find a little extra support. We can do the same for our environment and ecosystem. Flowers and plants, believe it or not, need our assistance. When they don’t receive the proper amount of sunlight and water to flourish and produce pollen and nectar, they become brittle and dry. If you’re passing by a plant at work or home and you realize it needs a little extra attention, make a small gesture and move it towards the  sunlight or pour a generous amount of water in its pot.

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Lending a helping hand to greenery does not need to be limited to flowers and small plants. When strolling through public spaces, you can easily spot improperly discarded cigarettes, plastic cups and wrappers around greenery. This is especially true for areas that do not have proper waste management resources. You can help, even if Sunday has already passed. If you see debris lying around, take the initiative to pick up a few items. If everyone does their part, our green spaces can be cleaner, greener and healthier.

 

Monday

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In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians and 818 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles. For Motorist Consideration Monday, is named to show patience towards others while traveling. When living in a congested city, you can spot all sorts of travelers. Pedestrians, bicycles and cars, all are trying to get to a destination. Drivers can support cyclists and pedestrians by making plenty of room for them when they are crossing, and by being courteous and avoiding tailgating. While using a more sustainable way of traveling, cyclist and pedestrians can also contribute by obeying the rules of the road and only crossing when prompted. As simple as it seems, being kind and patient on the road serves as a good practice—decreasing stress and making the road a much more enjoyable experience for everyone.

 

Wednesday

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According to OneGreenPlanet.org, there aren’t any government agencies that are responsible for cleaning trash from rivers—it will usually only happen if a community gets involved. “As many as 2 million seabirds are killed every year due to debris ingestion and entanglement. Another 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from the same cause.” Willing To Lend A Hand Wednesday is designed to offer your time, help or advice. The amount that you give does not have to be grand, even the smallest effort is recognized and helps.

So how can you offer your help or advice to our marine life? Simple; roll up your sleeves and start looking through hundreds of environmental volunteer opportunities across the country. These include, volunteering for a local marine conservation or spending quality time cleaning a local river. If you’re aware of information to improve the environment, try to relay your knowledge to your local community centers, it can make a tremendous impact.

 

Thursday

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Thoughtful Thursday is the time to be mindful of those around you at home, work and in public who may have a concern you’re unaware of. A great way to boost someone’s overall mood is by offering a small green plant. According to GetNiwa.com, being around plants itself can help you be more energetic and productive. Natural environments induce a positive outlook on life, making people feel more alive and active. It also increases the feeling of vitality; boosting energy levels which results in an improved state of mind.

These were just a few ways you can share kindness with the environment; however there are plenty of new and creative ways you can offer a kind gesture to your community and ecosystem daily. Being kind can be infectious—so, invite a friend and spread the love.

 

How We Share Kindness

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Each year Comcast NBCUniversal holds Comcast Cares Day. Tens of thousands of our employees, their friends and families, along with our nonprofit partners join together to make change happen in our communities and celebrate our company culture of caring year round. This year marked our 16th year celebrating Comcast Cares Day. We hosted more than 100,000 volunteers, improving 1,000 project sites at community centers, schools, gardens, parks, beaches, and more, throughout the U.S. and in 20 other countries. Mark your calendars for next year’s Comcast Care’s Day on April 21st, 2018. For more information please visit ComcastInTheCommunity.com.