Your actions determine the future of our planet, and all of humanity. So do something, take action. Plant a tree and learn to live in harmony with nature by becoming more aware of the negative impact your current lifestyle may have on the environment.
The following is a list of small things you can do to effect change environmentally and socially:
Don’t throw it away.
- Recycle, and recycle properly. Develop an awareness of:
- What can be recycled
- What’s biodegradable
- What products utilize the least amount of packaging
- Purchase products packaged in glass, metal, or paper as plastic and styrofoam can’t be recycled or reused.
- Purchase bars of soap, wax paper, reusable bags, rechargeable/reusable batteries, and tampons with cardboard applicators over bottled liquid soap, plastic wrap, plastic shopping bags, one-time use batteries, and tampons with plastic applicators.
- Borrow before you buy.
- Don’t purchase things you don’t need, or will only use once.
- Borrow it from a friend, rent it, or buy it used.
- Donate what you don’t need.
- Thrift stores are recycling depots for clothing, and thousands of other reusable products, they promote ethical living and thoughtful consumption.
- Shop at local farmer’s markets as they are an outlet for the 22% of local farmer’s crops that would have otherwise gone to waste.
- These small farms are often the major producers of local, organic food and are more likely to treat their land with respect, and their animals/livestock humanely.
- Living locally, and eating a ‘local’ diet creates jobs in your community and protects land from corporate farms that burden the earth with pesticides, and careless farming techniques that cause local economies to suffer as the quality of the food YOU eat declines.
- …or, grow your own food, and reap the benefits of a ‘backyard breadbasket’ which will provide you with products that are both environmentally sound and organic.
- Most cities also set aside land for community gardens, as they’re an effective was to provide the hungry with food, while building up communities and empowering individuals.
- Be a responsible consumer, know where your products are coming from, are you really content with supporting huge wholesale supermarkets, that don’t necessarily have the wellbeing and health of their community in mind?
Flip the switch.
- Living an environmentally-friendly, conservation-conscious life can be as easy as developing a habit of turning of the lights when you leave a room.
- Or, better yet, install energy-efficient lightbulbs in your home:
- Halogen Incandescents, Compact Florescent Lamps (CFL), and Light Emitting Diodes (LED) use 25%-80% less energy than traditional light bulbs, and last 3-25 times longer.
Let it rot.
- Over 50% of municipal waste is a collection of organic kitchen and yard waste, composting takes up to 75% of waste out of the solid waste stream.
- Starting your own compost pile reduces methane gas emissions, which are a large contributor to global warming, and nourishes the earth by returning a number of nutrients to the soil.
Oh, and go VEGAN…it’s that simple.
- Were you aware that animal agriculture is the leading emitter of carbon gases into the atmosphere? Watch Cowspiracy if you’re interested in a more factual study on the impact of factory farming, but the moral of the story is this: a global vegan movement is the only worthwhile solution.
So what are you waiting for?
Go change the world.