11 Easy Ways to Help the Climate Crisis
Ariel Canie | April 14, 2022 | 3 min read
Here are 11 easy ways to Help the climate change crisis
Earth Month is in full swing and we’re already thrilled to see how people are making eco-friendly swaps and learning how to reduce their own carbon footprint!
Taking actionable steps to help the climate crisis may seem tricky at first, but we can assure you that every little bit of effort towards a greener future helps. To help you fight the climate crisis this month, we’ve listed 11 easy steps that anyone can take to help reduce your overall impact on the planet.
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1. Speak to your local politicians
Choose an environmental issue that’s important to you and your community and contact your local political representatives to arrange a meeting. While it may seem daunting at first, going straight to your political representatives can add pressure and help them focus on key environmental issues.
2. Eat local
Shopping at local food markets and buying locally-made goods is not only great for the economy but also reduces your overall impact by reducing the emissions created by transporting many grocery store foods. Have room in your backyard? Growing your very own fruits and vegetables is a rewarding hobby that can help put healthy, nutritious food on the table!
3. Use cold water
The next time you’re doing your laundry, opt for the cold water cycle option. Studies have shown that cold water can be just as effective as warm, and swapping cold for hot reduces the energy and emissions produced by a single load of laundry. Bonus points: air-dry your laundry whenever possible to skip the dryer altogether!
4. Buy secondhand
A fantastic way to reduce your overall impact is by purchasing secondhand items. This is now easier than ever with online secondhand marketplaces and apps. From clothing and accessories to furniture and decor, buying used instead of new will leave less of an impact on the environment and your wallet.
5. Plant a tree
Trees help clean the air, filter our water, maintain biodiversity and absorb harmful carbon emissions, among many other environmental benefits. Anyone can plant a tree or volunteer their time and plant trees at one of our local Earth Month events!
6. Be less trashy
You heard that one right! You can reduce the amount of trash in landfills by being mindful of the trash that you produce daily. This could mean packing your own lunches for work and using a reusable cup at the coffee shop or opting for sustainable products such as shampoo bars or laundry strips.
7. Eat more plants
We know you’ve heard this one before, but swapping in one healthy plant-based meal each day can have a dramatic long-term impact on your personal carbon emissions. Snacking on fruits and veggies and incorporating more budget-friendly plant-based proteins can also leave a positive impact on your health and wallet!
8. Adjust your thermostat
Adjusting the heat and air conditioning by only a few degrees may not make a noticeable difference to you but can add up in the long run! If you want to take it one step further, avoid heat or air conditioning when possible and bundle up in the cooler months, or keep your windows open in the warmer months.
9. Avoid single-use plastics
From plastic cutlery and takeout containers to grocery bags and water bottles, millions of barrels of oil are needed annually to produce these disposable items. It also takes hundreds of years for plastic to decompose in landfills. Swapping in a reusable grocery tote or a refillable water dispenser can easily cut your daily plastic consumption in half!
10. Buy carbon offsets
When shipping a product is unavoidable, buy carbon offsets! Many brands offer carbon offsets at the checkout that will help offset the emissions needed to ship you your purchase. You can even purchase carbon offsets when flying for travel yourself, with many airlines offering offset calculators and packages to determine the carbon emissions used for your flight.
11. Start a corporate sustainability initiative
If your workplace doesn’t already have any notable sustainability initiatives in place, see if you can get involved and start one! One Tree Planted offers a range of options for businesses that want to make a positive environmental impact.
We hope this list helps you decide on a few everyday steps that you can take to help the climate crisis and keep our Earth cool! Remember, planting a tree can be as simple as donating $1!