We want the world to be the best place possible for our children and children’s children to grow up in. There are so many things to worry about, but climate change should be topping our list.
Environments around the world are changing at a rapid rate. Polar ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, and there has been an increase in floods as a result. Higher temperatures are resulting in droughts, water shortages and increased risks of fires.
You might think that one family can’t do much at all to tackle climate change. But this isn’t true. You and your family’s habits could become part of a wider movement to make this planet a safer place for our offspring. Here are a few ways to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
If you don’t already recycle, it’s time to start.
All you need to do is separate paper, plastics, glass and general household waste. Once you’re in the habit of recycling, you won’t even notice the effort, but it makes all the difference to the environment.
If you are feeling particularly vigilant, try composting. Dispose of all of your excess vegetable peelings and fruit leftovers into a composting bin.
This will make brilliant fertilizer for your garden while reducing overall waste.
Most of us will drive our cars everywhere. – to drop the kids to school, even to nip to the local corner shop.
It’s time that this stops.
While you might need to use your car for certain things, consider the other options available to you when you can.
If you’re not going far, consider walking. This is great for the environment and also for your health. Your body and the planet will thank you.
For small journeys, invest in an electric scooter. These are a great way to make small trips and will reduce your average fuel consumption. They can be recharged from a standard wall socket in your home, so they are also extremely convenient.
Don’t forget public transport options: the bus, rail systems, and tram services are all brilliant ways to get around that won’t cost the earth.
One of the biggest contributors to increasing global methane levels is the meat industry. Overfarmed cows are producing more methane than our planet can handle.
The most environmentally viable diets are vegetarian and vegan, so consider opting for a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. It’s easier than you might think.
If you don’t fancy going all out, consider meat-free Mondays. This way, you dedicate one day a week to improving the environment with your diet and food consumption.
Opt for renewable energy.
There are plenty of ways to do this.
You can attempt to make your home as self-sufficient as possible, by installing solar panels on your roof. This is especially effective if you live in a warm and sunny environment.
Also, opt for showers over baths to conserve water.
Finally, use energy efficient light bulbs in all light sources in your home.