1. Decrease or cut out meat
Meat is well renowned for being a considerable CO2 polluter, even more so than transportation. The process of breeding animals for the masses to consume requires an extensive use of land and in most cases, deforestation. Not to mention that breeding animals itself adds to increased volumes of methane in the atmosphere.
Including meat into your diet, especially every day has further impacts on biodiversity, your health, and the environment…we will dig further into that in an upcoming article.
By decreasing your meat consumption, you will be helping lower the demand for animal produce. Even going flexitarian helps make a change, this change may seem daunting at first, but we assure you that once you are introduced to healthy, fulfilling recipes and lifestyle that make you go ‘wow, that’s meat free!’ you will not want to go back.
2. Limit your fast-fashion habit.
If you have read up on our introductory article on fast fashion, this option shouldn’t surprise you. Fast fashion is constantly growing and becoming a colossal issue in the fight against climate change. With individuals falling deeper and deeper into consumptive habits, the resources used to fuel these habits are causing irreversible impairment to the planet.
Modify the way you shop, shop mindfully and locally to help reduce your carbon footprint, and even support charities of small businesses.
3. Switch up your mode of transportation
In the EU, transport makes up for at least 33% of emissions, you can help make a change by switching up your commute method. Try out public transport or use electric vehicles if you have the means.
The legislation for 2030 will be enacted soon enough to help reduce vehicle emissions but for now, you can start implementing this very real change into your life and acclimatising to a more eco path. Bonus points if you can cycle or incorporate fitness into your replacement transport- your health will thank you later.
4. Recycle properly
Unfortunately, it is painfully true that most people do not recycle properly, if at all. We all have the means of recycling and if you do not, raise this to your council or local authority. Recycling is so important to reduce the number of plastics that end up loitering in landfills and oceans. By recycling, new materials do not need to be sourced to create products but products can be founded by the older materials, giving them another life.
5. Call people out
A lot of people are not environmentally conscious and blatantly litter by throwing plastics out of their car windows or just being reckless with their waste. Call them out by educating them on why this is bad for the environment.
By educating others, we can build a better future for the next generation and the one after that.
6. Reduce your waste
A large contributor to CO2 is surprisingly food waste. So much food is wasted in developed countries.
Try purchasing in your means, only buy what you know you will eat or give your neighbours the leftovers. The same applies to the packaging of food, if you have the option opt for paper or cardboard, or even better yet, refillable glass containers. A great place that is doing this now is ‘Eataly’ in London.
7. Stay informed
Subscribing to blogs like this and reading up on the latest news, will help you become more conscious of the steps that need to be taken for us to properly take care of the planet and prevent a total climate crisis from taking over.