Everyday Life — How to Really Change the Environment

Originally posted on Sustainablog.

If you don’t eat for a day, you know it. If you stay inside all day, you feel it and it makes a strong impression on the character of the day. These are two critical parts of our day — what we eat and where we go.

If we want to be Green, if we want to make a decision to help the environment, these daily issues are about as big as it gets. If we buy a green product — an organic cotton t-shirt, a hemp bag or wallet, a recycled chair — we are, basically, doing one environmental action. If we decide to make our eating and transportation habits environmentally friendly, however, we are make several environmental actions everyday.

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We see many figures showing us that transportation and food are the largest contributors to the global warming crisis and to many other environmental issues (water quality, air quality, etc.), but do we take this home and say, “this is what I need to change”?

Here are three or four ways to make that change we have been waiting for.

1) Forget the Car!
There are almost always other options for getting around. You may have to change your lifestyle a bit, but more than anything, it is just a matter of changing your mindset about it all. You have to look for the advantages to these other options and forget the outdated ideas that ‘the car gives us freedom’ or makes our life any simpler or easier. For more on this topic, read here. Also, read this article on some of the costs of transportation.

2) Go Vegetarian!
There is little doubt anymore, becoming vegetarian is one of the biggest things you can do to be environmentally friendly and may even be the biggest these days! Worldwide, when it comes to creating the current climate change crisis we are experiencing, no factor is bigger than the “production” of animals for meat.

3) Eat Local, Eat Organic.
Stop telling yourself it is too expensive. If you take the true costs into account, it is less expensive! It is better for your health, better for the environment, better for society, and tastes better! So, stop counting pennies at the register and take the leap to eat better!

image credit: Baptiste Pons via flickr under a Creative Commons license

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~ by Zachary Shahan on December 29, 2009.

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