We work hard to take care of our home, sweet homes. In the cold winter months, we make sure to keep the heat on so that our pipes don’t freeze, and in the summer heat, we supply them with caring cross-breezes, fans, and air conditioning. The climate within our own personal walls is a top priority because it provides us with comfort and safety, so why shouldn’t we take it a step further to the climate outside? The earth is more vulnerable now than ever to the risk of climate change, but it is going to take a bit more than a furnace alteration to protect our home, sweet planet.
1. Sign the Climate Petition. At a recent UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, a new global agreement was agreed to by 190+ nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By signing the #ParisAgreement, you can help put the pressure on more world leaders to do the same.
2. Eat less meat. Approximately 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions originate from the meat industry. This percentage only continues to grow with the increasing national meat consumption number, but movements like Meatless Monday are helping to slow it down.
3. Start composting. Recyclables aren’t the only thing worth recycling. Compost piles are a great way to recycle food that would otherwise go to waste in the trash, much like nearly one third of the food produced all over the world. If you’re new to the game, check out this composting guide for more benefits, tips, and answers to your composting questions.
4. Stop using disposable plastic. We are all aware of the importance of recycling our plastic products, but the problem has outgrown recycling as a solution. To really put an end to our plastic dependency as a culture, it’s time for a plastic-free lifestyle transition.
5. Reduce your footprint. All of our daily actions really add up, and if we continue to consume natural resources at our current rate, we are expected to consume enough for 2 planets by 2050. Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz to find out where you can cut back.
6. Buy local produce. Did you know that the average piece of grocery store produce sits for seven days during its transit from the farm? Buying local supports the economy and guarantees a much higher return on nutritional benefits. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) systems have become a very popular method for finding the best produce by you, but with today’s resources, you can eat local anywhere.
7. End junk mail. Not only will this make life easier for your mail carrier, but in eliminating your junk mail you can help cut back on the 100 million tree lives that are lost each year in production. Need help kicking the habit? Check out this helpful list of tips for making the switch.
8. Recycle your e-waste. More often than not, our outdated and/or broken electronics are disposed of irresponsibly. As we get more and more dependent on technology, it is critical that we learn how to responsibly recycle old gadgets to prevent a negative, lasting environmental impact. Make sure to check with your town or local county to see if they have a e-waste drop off or pick up.
There’s no time like the present to start appreciating your home, and the Earth. By taking these small steps towards living a greener life, you can make a giant leap towards giving your planet a longer one.