As wildfires dominate the news, experts suggest some of the best ways you can help the planet and combat climate change.
As wildfires dominate the news, experts suggest some of the best ways you can help the planet and combat climate change.aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, thus, in theory, reducing your personal carbon footprint. freemixer via Getty Images Traveling by train is a more environmentally sound way to travel. 2. Avoid all single-use disposable plastic items. Plastics help protect and preserve goods while reducing weight in transportation ― but the benefits pretty much end there. Plastics originate as fossil fuels and emit greenhouse gases from creation to disposal, according to a May 2019 report, “ Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet ,” released by the Center for International Environment. Recycling plastic alone won’t cut it; you have to stop buying it, too. Avoid single-use disposable plastic as much as you can, said Jay Sinha, the co-founder of the online store Life Without Plastic . “Do a little personal plastic audit of your current plastic use and assess where you’re at,” he said. “Buy in bulk rather than purchasing packaged foods. Eliminate your takeout plastic waste by carrying your own non-plastic mug, water bottle, utensils, straw, food container, reusable bag. Try living a zero-waste lifestyle ― new zero-waste bulk stores are popping up all over to help you out.” 3. Eat local and go vegetarian or vegan. There’s no way around it: A meat-heavy diet is not great for the environment. The production of one calorie of animal protein requires more than 10 times the fossil fuel input needed for a calorie of plant protein. Then, there’s the carbon footprint of the refrigeration required to extend the longevity of foods when they’re being shipped, the transportation of goods to and from airports, and the packaging, Rhoads said. Minor tweaks to your diet can make a huge impact ― if more of us do it. “Select vegetables and fruit grown locally in your country by visiting farmers markets, signing up to a CSA [community-supported agriculture] box or asking your local supermarket to stock local fruit and vegetables, preferably without the packaging,” she said. “Increasing your local protein staples from plants like beans and legumes grown in your state or country is the most sustainable diet choice, and your health and the planets will be better for it.” Thomas Barwick via Getty Images Buy local as much as possible and keep your diet veggie-based. 4. Cancel your Amazon Prime subscription and cut back on online purchases overall. This one might be a bit of a challenge for those of us who’ve gotten used to quick-and-easy Amazon buys. But that overnight or two-day delivery speediness comes at an enormous cost to the environment. “If a FedEx Priority Overnight truck is dispatched to your suburban neighborhood just to bring you the socks you ordered ― even though you could have waited for [slower] ground delivery or bought them somewhere locally while buying other things ― that’s a significant greenhouse gas emissions tab you are creating unnecessarily,” Sinha said. Gay Brown , a personal environmental health adviser and author of “Living With a Green Heart: How to Keep Your Body, Your Home, and the Planet Healthy in a Toxic World,” put it even more simply. “Every time you order something, it has to be pulled by a human, boxed, wrapped, shipped, flown, or trucked, and delivered by more humans. Each of these people have to have used public or private transportation to get [to] their jobs and are using more transportation to get to you,” she said. The domino effect from your selecting two-day delivery is huge, so if at all possible, buy those socks locally. 5. Ditch the car. The decision to drive somewhere is a mindless thing for most of us: We hop in, maybe put our destination in Google Maps, and head from point A to point B. Over time, though, all those miles rack up. The average American drives Read more: HuffPostWomen
I think if millions of people were banned from gas powered activities like grilling/mowing lawns/driving etc...that could help or make them electric powered only. Only necessary services, but also less traveling. A 4 day work week would be beneficial. Stop using fossil fuel immediately...use a solar powered car.
i farted just now. i hope that contributed to climate change.
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