(This is a contributed post)
There is a lot of talk about climate change and the Earth changing at a rapid pace. Sometimes how this can affect us can be lost in all the conversation, but according to National Geographic, if we don’t change the way we live. The planet keeps getting warmer; then, ice will continue to melt worldwide, meaning that the sea-level will continue to rise.
These rising temperatures are affecting wildlife and their habitats. While some areas of the globe are experiencing more rainfall and snowfall, other regions are experiencing more droughts, increased the risk of wildfires, lost crops, and drinking water shortages. Some species, including mosquitoes, ticks, jellyfish, and crop pests, are thriving. For example, booming populations of bark beetles have devastated millions of forested acres.
So how can you do your bit to try and keep the Earth from warming up and slowing down these changes to our planet? If you’re thinking of what your New Year’s resolution should be, then one of the following would be a step in the right direction.
It’s not only the planet that will thank you for this one but your health and your wallet too. Processed, packaged convenience foods are a complete waste of energy, oil, water, and trees. Processed foods also contain little to no nutrition, so it’s not worth the damage that it creates. Take the time to batch cook on the weekends, do some meal planning, and get some cookbooks that specialize in easy meals.
Big chain stores with cheap clothing seem too good to be true—and that’s because they are. The fashion industry is the second-most polluting industry in the world, after the oil industry. So, in the new year, before you go shopping in the sales, think about whether you really need any new clothes at all and if so, only buy what you need. Also, try to choose timeless styles that won’t go out of fashion and opt for high-quality materials so that they will last.
Did you know that every year, the oil used to produce plastic water bottles in the United States alone is enough to fuel about 1,000,000 cars? What a waste on a really stupid thing. Treat yourself this winter to a nice water bottle and start using it every day. You can buy some here from earthfriendlypromos.com.au and even get one or a few personalized.
If everyone used a clothesline just once a week, the savings would be enough to close several coal-fired or nuclear power plants. Just think twice before you throw things in the dryer, do you really need to? Do the clothes urgently need to be dried, or can they be hung out and take a little longer at the same time as saving the environment?
One of the best things you can do for the environment is to reduce your transportation footprint. Anything you can do next year such as walking, cycling or taking public transportation will be a benefit to the environment and your wallet too.