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Whoa ! While it seems impossible that the average person can make an impact, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference. Here’s our guide to saving the world for everyday person, just like you and me :
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Things you can do from the comfort of your sofa :
- Save electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely when not in use, including your computer.
- Buy less of what you don't really need.
- Share, don’t just like. If you see an interesting social media post about women’s rights or climate change, share it so folks in your network see it too
- Speak up! Ask your local and national authorities to engage in initiatives that don’t harm people or the planet.
- Stay informed. Follow your local news and stay in touch with the Global Goals progress both online and offline.
- Report online bullies. If you notice harassment on a message board or in a chat room, flag that person.
- Offset your remaining carbon emissions! You can calculate and offset your carbon footprint via carbonethics. In this way, you help reduce global emissions faster!
- Have hope and spread it around
Many things you can do at home :
- Air dry. Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine. If you do wash your clothes, make sure the load is full.
- Take short showers. Bathtubs require gallons more water than a 5-10 minute shower.
- Reduce your food waste - plan your meals, stick to a shopping list, and prep your food and store it correctly so it stays fresh and lasts longer. You will save food and money.
- Buy local & seasonal can help reduce the environmental costs associated with your food. Local produce is more likely to be ripened on the farm before being harvested and delivered. This food is fresher, tastes better and is more nutritious.
- Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you don’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad. You can also do this with take-away or delivered food, if you know you will not feel like eating it the next day.
- Compost—composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients.
- Recycling paper, plastic, glass & aluminium keeps landfills from growing.
- Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and light bulbs
- If you have the option, install solar panels in your house. This will also reduce your electricity bill!
- Choose a better diaper / sanitary pads options or a environmentally responsible disposable brand.
Things you can do when outside :
- Shop local. Supporting neighbourhood businesses keeps people employed and helps prevent trucks from driving far distances.
- Shop Smart—plan meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable items. Though these may be less expensive per ounce, they can be more expensive overall if much of that food is discarded.
- Buy Funny-shaped Fruit & vegetables. Many fruits and vegetables are thrown out because their size, shape, or color are not “right”. Buying these perfectly good funny fruit, at the farmer’s market or elsewhere, utilizes food that might otherwise go to waste.
- Bike, walk or take public transport. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.
- Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Cut down on waste and maybe even save money at the coffee shop.
- Bring your own bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start carrying your own reusable totes.
- Take fewer napkins. You don’t need a handful of napkins to eat your takeout. Take just what you need.
- Shop second-hand. Brand-new isn’t necessarily best. See what you can repurpose from second-hand shops.
- Vaccinate yourself and your kids. Protecting your family from disease also aids public health.
- Examine and change everyday decisions. Can you recycle at your workplace? Is your company buying from merchants engaging in harmful ecological practices?
- Does everyone at work have access to healthcare? Find out what your rights are to work. Fight against inequality.
- 4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services. Lend your voice to talk about the lack of toilets in many communities around the world!
- Raise your voice against any type of discrimination in your office. Everyone is equal regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, social background and physical abilities.
- Take advantage of your right to elect the leaders in your country and local community.
Every one of us, the human being on the planet—even the most apathetic, slacker among us—is a part of the solution. Fortunately, there are certain simple things we can include into our daily routines that, if we all do them, will make a significant impact.
The article was initially published on 24th December 2021.
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