We human beings are creatures of habit and Mother Earth is giving us serious feedback that our current behavior and habits are not sustainable. Below is the start of a list of 100 things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and Heal the Planet. Will you help us reach 100? In the comments please leave ideas about how YOU help to heal the planet!
1) CONSERVE WATER
In the US we waste approximately 1.8 billion gallons of water daily by leaving the water running while we brush our teeth!
Suggestion: Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Each time you choose to turn off the tap you save 3-5 gallons of this precious commodity. That’s approximately 200 gallons of water per month and 2,400 gallons annually per person.
2) LESSEN FOOD WASTE
Did you know that 30% of all food is thrown away in the garbage. This causes more harm to our ozone layer than fossil fuels.
Suggestion: Utilize mindfulness when making, ordering, and planning your meals. Take leftovers home and eat them before they spoil.
3) MINIMIZE OUR USE OF FOSSIL FUELS
On average, food travels 2,500 miles from farm to plate. That’s a whole lot of fuel being used to transport a commodity that can be grown in our own backyards!
Suggestion: Look for food grown locally or grown your own.
4) REDUCE YOUR USE OF PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES
Approximately 50 million plastic water bottles are thrown away in the US daily.
Suggestion: Use a glass refillable water bottle instead.
5) JUST SAY NO TO PLASTIC STRAWS!
FACTS: Did you know we use/waste over 500 million straws each day–enough disposable straws to fill over 46,400 large school buses per year?!
Suggestion: Only accept a straw if you REALLY want one and be conscious about your straw use.
6) CHOOSE TO REUSE RATHER THAN ACCEPTING PAPER OR PLASTIC BAGS
Over one million plastic bags are used every minute!!! Yes, every minute!
Suggestion: Get a reuseable shopping bag to use over and over again. If you use a paper or plastic bag save it and use it until it’s no longer useable and then recycle it.
Looking for even more ways to help reduce your carbon footprint and Heal the Planet? Check out ways you can get involved with Heal the Planet here!
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
– Robert Swan