At this point, we all have heard over and over again just how serious the environmental challenges are. Deforestation, air pollution, climate change, human overpopulation, ocean acidification, ozone depletion, endangered animals, and biodiversity loss are just a few of the most pressing issues we’re facing. Tackling these challenges head-on might seem daunting and maybe even impossible, but we’re here to tell you that we can all do something to help. There are simple ways you can help reduce your impact and help in the fight against climate change. Let’s dive right in!
First thing is first: be informed. One of the best things you can do is to educate yourself on the issues. You’ll be better equipped to have conversations with friends, family, and the people you want to influence. Stay up to date with the news and research organizations that are working to make our planet a better place. Trust us, you can always learn more, and the more you know the better. Secondly, travel responsibly. Many of us are fortunate enough to travel by car, but the truth is that transport is one of the most polluting sectors in the world. So whenever you can, choose a more sustainable way to get around such as walking or cycle.
Next, eat sustainably. According to the World Wife Fund for Nature, “Food production is a major driver of wildlife extinction. What we eat contributes around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for almost 60% of global biodiversity loss. Farming animals for meat and dairy requires space and huge inputs of water and feed. Today, one of the biggest causes of forest loss is the expansion of agricultural land for animal feed production, such as soy. And producing meat creates vastly more carbon dioxide than plants such as vegetables, grains and legumes.” Basically, eat less meat, more plants.