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Being Eco-Friendly Isn’t a Lifestyle, It’s a Necessity

 

In the next 30 years, greenhouse gases will increase by 50%, over 40% of the world’s population will have no access to clean water, forest areas will shrink by 13%, and 1 in 10 animals and plants will be extinct. All of this is caused by the expansion of commercial industries, infrastructure development, fragmentation of natural habitats, as well as pollution and climate change.

 

 

So, if we want to make a difference, now is the time and here’s how:

Stay informed

 

There is so much fake news today, that it can be hard to get something actually unbiased. Get your news from government or scientific reports such as the CSSR (Climate Science Special Report) and the NCA ( National Climate Assesment). Stay away from social media platforms such as Twitter. Social media is great to spread awareness, but you never know where a person got their information if they don’t give any sources.

Switch from plastic to other packaging alternatives

 

Most of the plastic that you receive daily can easily be switched to more eco-friendly alternatives. The best area to start is your shopping habits. Start by purchasing tote bags and handing them to the workers at your local grocery store. Reusable cups and straws (although having no straw is better) are also great additions for coffee/and or tea lovers. The best alternatives for plastic are:

 

  • Glass
  • Paper
  • Aluminum

 

Some other alternatives people use are stainless steel and bamboo. However, some bamboo species are currently considered endangered and the steel/metal industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, so it’s best to do your research before purchasing anything. Also, it’s important to remember that limiting waste also means limiting unnecessary purchases, so you actually end up saving a lot of money in the long run.

Vote!

 

In the 2016 presidential elections, about 90 million Americans did not use their voting rights. If climate change is something you feel is very important, it’s crucial that you do the most you can, and part of that is voting on the local, state, and federal levels. Take the time to review each candidate, send letters to your senators and representatives, and ask questions!