Here is a list of steps you can take in your daily activities to help support the efforts being made to change the negative effects of our actions on the environment.
You can start today and begin to more empowered.
1. Buy a water bottle. Carry containers and re-usable shopping bags in your bag or car.
Okay, that’s 3… but they are part of the trend of using single-use plastic.
Let’s stop this trend!
If you forget a bag when your shopping, ask for a box, or put the items directly in your cart.
Composting is so easy, and satisfying. You decrease organic waste (which smells) in your garbage, and use it to make wonderful soil for your plants and garden. Double whammy!
Here’s a simple guide.
3. Reduce, reuse, recycle
Stop purchasing disposable, non-recyclable items, give a second life to things you have already (refurbishing clothes is becoming trendy!), and put recycle the recyclable. Some cities and countries implemented recycling systems years ago. Many cities around the world have not. If you are not living in one of these places, you can start. Here’s another simple guide..
4. Ride a bike or walk, instead of driving. Share rides.
When possible walk, or ride. Leave the car. Your health and the environment will greatly benefit.
There are great community groups that you can join to share rides when traveling between cities, saving on expenses and gas emissions.
5. Lower the temperature in your thermostat, use a sweater.
Research ways you can make your home more energy efficient. Brag about it with your friends!
6. Wash laundry with cold water.
It’s also better for your clothes.
7. Conserve water.
Fix that faucet and that drip. Get a filter for your tap water.
8. Eat less meat. Eat sustainable foods.
We know that red meat is detrimental to our health in large quantities. It’s also detrimental to our environment. The number of acres it takes to feed livestock is unbelievable (1.8 acres per cow according to the NRCS). Let’s start by cutting down our intake.
Buy from your local markets, support local farmers and farmers markets. You will be eating healthier. Start experimenting with your own garden! Start with herbs.
9. Turn off the lights
Use compact fluorescent light bulbs which last 10x longer and use less energy. Use LED bulbs.
10. Plant a tree or two or three
According to the National Wildlife Federation one tree “can improve air quality, water quality, reduce flooding and erosion, temper climate, conserve energy, are good for the economy, create habitat for plants and animals, improve our health, reduce crime, noise pollution and serve as screens, and promote community.” Avoiding deforestation is crucial to our survival.
The 2018 United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, says that 2.5 billion acres (1 billion hectares) of forest in the world could limit global warming to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) by 2050. Let’s help reach that figure.
These 10 actions are steps ANYONE can take today. Start with yourself, and then share the benefits. Together we will create a strong world-wide movement of care for our environment like never before. For our children and their children.
NOTE: If you would really like to become more informed about our individual and collective effect on the earth, read about our carbon footprint (the amount of greenhouse gas emissions), how you can measure yours and what the ecological footprint of populations around the world are.