People often ask me for ideas on ways they can make a difference to help save and protect the environment. I think a lot of them expect me to suggest things like ride sharing, cycling to work, eating less meat and switching to solar – which are, of course, important things we should all be doing.
But the biggest thing an individual can do to help save the planet is to think about how they spend their money. To me, that’s what money for good means. It’s about spending money to get the right outcomes and to have the biggest impact.
These purchasing decisions come into all elements of your spending, from how you shop at the supermarket and the clothes you buy, to how you donate to charity.
The average Australian family spends around $75,000 each year on food and basic consumables. That’s a lot of money that has the potential to be invested in good things! If we’re choosing to buy things like organic produce, sustainably made clothing, and green energy, our dollars are telling these huge organisations to do the right thing. There’s power in our purchases.