5 WAYS TO SAVE THE PLANET
Meaghan Weeden | October 15, 2020 | 3 min read
Here Are 5 Ideas to Save the Planet
With everything that’s happening in the world right now, you may be wondering “who will save the planet?” The answer is all of us, working together, to take actions big and small that have lasting impact.
See, every day we make choices that may seem inconsequential in the moment but they do add up over time. The good news is that by making some simple tweaks to our habits, we can all live a sustainable life.
OK. Let's get started!
1. EAT LESS MEAT, MORE PLANTS
It's no secret that industrial agriculture and factory farmed meat is bad for the environment. So cut down on read meats and processed foods, 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!
2. BUY LESS STUFF
Our overconsumption of cheaply made, single-use goods is wrecking the planet and creating 60,000 garbage trucks full of waste every day. So try to fix what you have, purchase things that will last, and think about the entire life cycle of each item. After all, knowing that plastic toothbrush will take at least 300 years to break down should change your perspective. And when you do need to make purchases, try to get the most eco-friendly version to reduce your impact.
3. REDUCE WATER WASTE
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! And 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 find out more ways to reduce water waste.
Looking for even more ways to save the planet? We've made a checklist with 20 ideas for the ambitious environmentalist!
4. SUPPORT RENEWABLE ENERGY
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.
5. PLANT A TREE WITH US!
Reforestation has consistently ranked as a #1 climate change solution, and not just because trees are capable of absorbing an incredible amount of carbon (around 48lbs/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!
So 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.