Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Buying products with minimal packaging will help to reduce waste. By recycling half of your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
Stop Eating or Eat Less Meat.
The single most effective action you can take to combat climate change is to stop eating meat or lower the amount of meat you consume in general.
Unplug Your Devices.
Anytime a cord is plugged into a socket, it’s drawing energy. So although your device isn’t charging, you’re still contributing to your carbon footprint. Simple solution? Leave your electronics unplugged at all times, unless you’re using them.
Choose to walk, bike, or take the bus. Leave the car at home, and you’ll be making an easy decision with immediate results. Many people are opting to bike to work, especially with bike lanes becoming more prevalent. Cities are finally investing in the necessary infrastructure to make it easier not to own a car.
Don’t Buy “Fast Fashion”.
Don’t forget that anything made overseas has an enormous environmental impact, from the physical act of shipping the product across the ocean to the chemical runoff from garment factories. As if that’s not enough, fast fashion is an industry that is mostly propped up by child labor; it is toxic to the environment and detrimental to human rights.
Seek alternatives like repurposing used clothing or prefer locally handcrafted garments. Buying vintage clothes or engaging in apparel swaps with family and friends are also good options.
Plant a Garden.
Cities often need to reduce the “urban heat island" effect and tend to be hotter than rural areas because of vast pavement areas, concrete buildings, and increased human activity. Help avoid the “heat island” effect by planting trees for shade, or maybe try a green roof or community garden.
Eat Local (and Organic).
Whenever possible, try to eat local and in-season produce. Sticking to foods that are grown locally, in your city or the surrounding area, helps to reduce the carbon footprint created by shipping foods from elsewhere.
Line-Dry Your Clothes.
The traditional method of line-drying your clothing is much better for the environment. One dryer load uses 5 times more electricity than washing. By simply line-drying your clothes, you can save 1/3 of their carbon footprint.
Encourage Others to Conserve.
Share information about recycling and energy conservation with your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Take opportunities to encourage public officials to establish programs and policies that are good for the environment.