The world is now more aware of the negative impact of human activity on the planet. While it may seem daunting to take on the challenge to do something about it, there are simple things that everyone can do to help. Here are a few of them that everyone can start on right now.
Adopt a meat free diet or even cut down on it
In 2014, scientists in the UK found that the diet of meat eaters added twice as many greenhouse gas emissions to the environment when compared to vegans. Even a vegetarian diet would cut emissions by 35%.
Switch to reusable containers
Whether it is for your morning coffee or trying to stay hydrated with water, having a reusable cup or bottle can divert plastic that would normally end up in the oceans and harming marine life. According to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), at least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year.
Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth
This simple act can easily save thousands of liters of water every year.
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When you buy locally, you help reduce pollution that is a result of your goods traveling over a long distance. You will also be helping local businesses thrive which means they can continue to serve their communities and the environment.
Avoid solo car trips
If you can walk or bike to your local grocery store and bring your groceries back, then that would help cut down on emissions. As an added benefit, you are also providing your body with physical activity.
Speaking of groceries, it is always better to carry your groceries in reusable shopping bags. Plastic bags are a threat to the environment and marine life.
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Avoid plastic cutlery with your takeout
Why bother getting one-time use cutlery with your takeout like spoons and forks when you already have them at home? They would end up in the garbage anyway. Just add a note to your order saying you don't need them and you've done your part for the environment.
Educate yourself and others
Learn more about climate change and the degrading impact of human activity on the environment and share the knowledge. If after reading this you find that others would benefit from this knowledge, then please share it with them. This planet belongs to all of us and we all have a part to play in keeping it clean and safe.