No one can do everything.
But everyone can do something.
THE FUTURE IS NOW.
Simple ways to make a dramatic difference
1. Get outside and enjoy the nature around you
The beauty around us still abounds. Look for it. Notice it. Teach your kids to connect with it. Walk. Ride your bike. Turn your community into a walkable “livable” community. We are fortunate to have natural resources to enjoy and protect. So let’s keep it that way.
2. Line Dry Clothes
In the U.S. that means you'll likely reduce your home energy consumption by about 7%. Easy peasy.
3. Limit Hot Water Use
Heating water takes a lot of energy, unless your water is heated by renewables. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, It requires more water, on average, to generate the electricity for our homes, than the total amount of water we use in our homes for everyday tasks—washing dishes and clothes, showering, flushing toilets, and water lawns and gardens.
4. Practice the R's in Order
Ask yourself how much is enough? What can you borrow, rent, buy second hand? Reject single-serve packaging. Avoid plastic by using tablet toothpaste, bar soap/shampoo, powder laundry detergent in reusable containers. Demand retailers to do better with packaging.
5. Don’t waste food
A lot of energy was made to grow, process, ship, store, and cook your food. Don’t let all that energy and water go to waste! Plus, did you know that a family of four typically wastes $1,500 on food that is thrown away?
All organic material such as vegetable peels and yard waste contain valuable nutrients that should not be squandered.
7. Eat a plant-based diet/lower on the food chain
Today, 60% of the world’s mammals are livestock (largely to feed humans), whereas 36% are humans. This leaves only 4% of the world’s mammals to be wild mammals. (The Guardian, May 2018) Certainly, these numbers reflect our land use and that much of the Earth has been cleared for urban people spaces or grazing areas for livestock to feed people. In conclusion, wild spaces are diminishing rapidly.
8. Support Education for girls & women
Women—especially in developing countries—with educational opportunities tend to be more prosperous and have fewer children. Can you support educating women locally or internationally?
9. Grow (some of) your own food or buy from local farmers’ markets...
where the food hasn’t traveled more than 75 miles or so. If you’re not a gardener, plant apple trees, raspberry, and blueberry bushes instead of traditional landscape plants. If you don’t have a yard, support those markets and/or grow some greens in your windowsill.
10. Support Electrification + Equitable transportation
Bike lanes, mass transit, ride-shares, car-sharing, electric vehicles, increased numbers of charging stations. There is a lot of work to be done in this area. Support politicians and policies that advance clean —and equitable—transportation. This also protects the climate from the adverse effect of burning fuel.
11. Support Energy Conservation + Renewables
Smart building (i.e. passive houses) can eliminate about half of our home energy use. The other half can be supplied by renewables. Besides rooftop solar, there are many ways to support community solar and wind projects. Start by seeing what your energy company provides.