Meaghan Weeden | October 15, 2020 | 3 min read


With everything that’s happening in the world right now, you may be wondering how you can help our planet? The answer is yes. All of us, working together, can take actions, big and small, that will have lasting positive environmental impact. 

Every day we, as individuals, make choices that may seem inconsequential in the moment, but that can add up over time. The good news is that by making some simple changes to our habits, we can all live a sustainable life and help the environment.

5 ways to help the environment

colorful vegetarian salad


It's no secret that industrial agriculture and factory farmed meat is bad for the environment. If possible, adopt a more sustainable diet: cut down on read meats, get most of your food from local farmers who use sustainable practices, and eat more whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts to reduce your impact. This action will help reduce global GHG emissions, decrease deforestation, and protect our global freshwater supply. It's also good for your health!

colorful trash on an Indian beach


Our overconsumption of cheaply made, single-use goods is wrecking the planet and creating 60,000 garbage trucks full of waste every day. Check out our tips on zero-waste living and adopt habits such as repairing what you have, purchasing long-lasting items, and thinking about the entire life cycle of each item you buy. After all, knowing that plastic toothbrush will take at least 300 years to break down should change your perspective. When you do need to make purchases, try to get the most eco-friendly version to reduce your impact.

young woman holding reusable glass water bottle


Have a leaky faucet? You could be pouring 90 gallons of water down the drain. Every. Single. Day. If you aren’t sure how to fix it, there’s a YouTube video for that! While we’re on the subject, avoid buying bottled water. The micro plastics are bad for you, and people around the world buy 1 million plastic drinking bottles every minute, which go right into our oceans to harm aquatic life. The best solution? Install a filter on your tap and keep learning for more ways to reduce water waste.

Looking for even more ways to help our planet? 

white wind turbine against bright blue sky with power lines running behind


Over the next few decades, global energy demand is expected to increase by at least 56% — and to meet the emissions targets agreed to in the Paris Climate Agreement, we need to shift 85% of the world’s energy supply to non fossil-fuel sources. That’s a big goal, but if we all reduce energy consumption and demand that our energy come from renewable energy sources like solar and wind, we'll be too loud to ignore. 

young couple planting a tree seedling together at a planting event


Reforestation has consistently ranked as a #1 climate change solution, and not just because trees are capable of absorbing carbon from the atmosphere (around 22lbs/year for a mature tree!). Healthy forests give wildlife a home, provide food and sustainable income for communities, support the water cycle, hold soil together, clean the air, provide medicines, and so much more. So plant a tree with us today – it’s an awesome feeling!

There you have it! We hope that the next time some asks “can we save the planet?” you’ll answer with a resounding YES and refer them to this list.

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. Today, we're raising funds to create community forest spaces across England. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Invite educational opportunities by engaging local schools
  • Create publicly accessible woodlands for community spaces
  • Increase forest connectivity for native biodiversity
  • England, in the United Kingdom, used to have abundant forest coverage, but changes in land use have caused significant deforestation. In addition to being critical to protecting the climate, forests also build community. This reforestation project will be a highly engaging, community-led initiative to create educational opportunities, volunteer planting events, and public spaces so that everyone, including the most marginalized communities, can enjoy England's native flora and fauna.Thank you so much for your support of healthy forests! 🌲
  • These more than one million trees will make a significant climate impact, sequestering carbon and creating climate resilience by mitigating flooding and the effects of pollution. This project supports increased access to public woodland, especially for communities in need, with opportunities for community engagement and improved public health. Organizations like Forest School and Woodland Outreach will be able to integrate the project with school education to get children out in nature.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • Our partner has chosen native trees that will bring the greatest overall benefit to the area. This includes the following: Pedunculate/Common Oak, Downy Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Small-leaved lime, Rowan, Silver Birch, Common Alder, Aspen, Goat Willow, Field Maple, Hornbeam, Beech, Blackthorn and tens more.


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