Climate change is overwhelming, so here are 6 everyday things you can do to make an impact.
Eat less meat
The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is half that of a meat lover. By eating less meat, you would be reducing your carbon footprint by consuming foods with lower greenhouse gas emissions. One specific way you can do this is by participating in meatless Mondays.
Americans use 88 gallons of water a day at home according to the EPA. Each day you might not know it, but you’re wasting water. The city of Plymouth, Minnesota estimates that a person wastes up to 30 gallons of water a day. To conserve water, you could simply take shorter showers or wash fewer clothes.
Eat locally sourced food
Food items are transported hundreds of miles away. So by eating locally, you will easily cut down on carbon emissions produced by shipping food over long distances.
Turn off the lights
Even if you are leaving a room for just 5 minutes, it can still make a difference. Another way to save energy through lighting is buying LED bulbs that conserve the most energy. Turning off your lights will help reduce the use of non-renewable resources that are harmful to the environment.
Flying emits 3.15 grams of carbon dioxide for every gram of fuel. To put this into perspective, a trip from London to New York would release 986 kilograms of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is a silver lining to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) situation, preventing people from traveling.
Shop at thrift stores
The fashion industry takes a huge toll on the environment. Textile treatment and dyeing clothing accounts for 20 percent of industrial water pollution. In addition, 23 kilograms of greenhouse gases are emitted for every kilogram of fabric produced. By buying second hand clothing, you can reduce emissions caused by the production of new clothes.