After hearing excerpts of David Attenborough’s address to the UN in Poland this week, it absolutely terrified me to hear of the direction that we’re heading in. It came as no surprise, but it’s definitely one of those topics that while it is so hard to ignore, it’s easy to push to the back of your mind. It is one of the biggest problems on earth, so it feels as though one individual couldn’t possibly do enough to make even the tiniest of impacts. The truth of the matter is though that every single little bit helps. Every plastic bottle avoided eventually turns into a habit. Habits can be passed on to friends, family and co-workers. Simple adjustments in your life can ultimately change other people’s views and actions, and that will make a difference.
Here are 8 simple ways that you can do your bit to help the planet…
Change your commute
Stop driving everywhere. Rent a bike, use public transport, or carpool if necessary, but try and stop using your car as much as you do.
Understand what can or can’t be recycled in your home. Ensure you have an organic bin and separate your food waste into that. Maybe you live in a house or apartment and you’re the only one who cares about recycling. It’s tough to go against the crowd by trying to change people’s ways, but open up the conversation and try and be encouraging to those around you. They’ll appreciate it eventually!
Eat less meat
I’m not asking people to go vegan – I’m not and I don’t know if I ever will be. But the truth of the matter is that by eating less meat, we can help to reduce the amount green-house gas emissions. Read more on that here and here.
Wash your clothes at a cooler temperature
This is a huge contribution you can make to try and reduce the amount of energy that you expend at home.
Turn off your appliances at the plug and where possible, avoid leaving items plugged in over night.
The less miles your food travels, the less impact it has on the world. Shop more from your local butcher and vegetable shop.
Consume less plastic
Whether it’s through avoiding it in the supermarket or telling the bartender that you don’t need a straw, we all need to drastically reduce the amount of plastic that we collectively go through. It’s frightening to see the images and news headlines of sea-life dying because of it.
Consume less in general
We are a generation driven by consumerism and excess consumption across the board. If we all took a step back, took stock of what we have and what we genuinely do and don’t need, we’d probably all consume a lot less. If ever there was a situation where we can honestly say that “every little helps” this is certainly it. So just remember that every online order you make, and every car journey you take is contributing in a small way to climate change, so avoid it when you can.
I really hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful.