I live in a desert climate. Last week, it was super sunny, upper 80/low 90 degrees all week. Overnight, it just plummeted to 50 degrees and is supposed to snow today.. in June. In the desert. Not too long ago we flooded after being in a drought for well over a decade. Few places actually see the extreme impact that global warming is having on our climate but I have a front row seat.
This is why I have decided to do something about it.
It’s time for all of us to change how we do things. Nobody is going to do it for us (certainly not our politicians) and every single one of us can make a difference through changing ourselves and influencing others. That’s why I am here. That’s why I have created this blog. If I can show people that I, just an average person, can make a difference with my actions and my voice – maybe it’ll inspire others to do the same.
So, what can we do?
We can go vegan.
Animal agriculture is expected to be responsible for about 51% of greenhouse gas emissions when properly counted, despite the large majority of sources claiming it’s accountable for less than a fifth of all emissions. Animal agriculture is also responsible for huge amount of water pollution and usage, deforestation, food consumption, and countless other things that are ruining the planet.
We can use less electricity and less water.
This really is a no-brainer but few of us put it into practice. I’m guilty of forgetting to be mindful about it myself sometimes. If it’s not dark or a room is not in use, don’t have the lights on. Don’t leave the faucet running while you brush your teeth. Take shorter or less frequent showers. Really tiny shifts in your daily routine can make a world of difference with minimal inconvenience.
Decrease the amount of car usage.
Asking people to fully ditch the car in a modernized world is unrealistic which is why it’s a good thing that it’s not the #1 thing you can do to help the environment. Although, it is entirely reasonable to talk about reducing the usage. If a destination is nearby why not try walking or biking? Don’t forget about carpooling especially for kids or work, and take a step back to look at public transport options such as buses or trains. On top of the possible environmental impact, many times bus or train routes cost less to get tickets for than gas money for vehicles.
Ditch non-reusable plastic.
Another no-brainer, but something that is really hard to get away from! We live in a world obsessed with non-reusable plastic. The two extremely simple ways to escape unnecessary plastic are to buy reusable food/beverage containers and to take your own bags to the grocery store.
Lastly, talk about the changes you’re making. This is the most important step as it might get others to do the same. Tell your parents, tell your friends, tell your partner, tell your neighbors, follow in my footsteps and make a blog to tell complete strangers; just tell someone. People are extremely hesitant to change simply because change is hard. The fact that change is hard is something that is extremely important to realize to be able to spread your message effectively. It’s easy to sit there and think about how many changes you’re going to make but actually doing it is not as easy. We have all been born into a world that is not vegan and certainly not environmentally friendly which is not our fault.
It is, however, our duty to change it as we see fit.
Join me on the Journey to Green Living.
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