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February 21, 2020
Whether you believe in climate change and its implications or not, BBC explains there's no denying that our planet is under threat from overpopulation, pollution, extreme weather and seismic activity, and many other concerns. More than ever, it's crucial for governments to champion sustainable living and adopt eco-friendly lifestyles. But what can YOU do?
If you're ready to join the ranks of green-minded individuals, there's no better time to start but now. Here's how.
Make conscious choices.
No doubt, there's more than one way to live more sustainably, and indeed, the sheer number of possible actions you can take can seem overwhelming. However, it can actually be summed up to one basic tenet, and that is to make mindful choices in just about every aspect of your life as much and as often as you can.
Making a conscious effort to reduce waste, for instance, is one. Today's Parent explains this entails sticking to the basic hierarchy of 'reduce, reuse, recycle' at the most fundamental level, and is as simple as reducing the use of single-use and disposable plastics by carrying your own refillable beverage and food containers and reusable bags when shopping.
Mindful choices can, in fact, be incorporated into just about every aspect of your life. Case in point, your clothing choices. You may be surprised to know that the fashion industry, particularly fast fashion, is among the earth's biggest polluters. It's important, therefore, to recognize this and choose to avoid fast fashion brands. Instead, support sustainable and ethical labels, or, better yet, embrace the slow fashion movement by getting more mileage out of the clothes you already have and shopping secondhand.
Make healthy living a priority.
Another way to ease into a greener lifestyle is to recognize its benefits to your overall health and well-being. It's interesting to note that living sustainably goes hand in hand with healthy living, so simply adopting a few simple measures is essentially hitting two birds with one stone.
Consider how you get around. It's a well-known fact that a good percentage of greenhouse emissions come from transportation, which means you have a higher carbon footprint when you drive everywhere. National Express notes public transportation is undoubtedly the more environmentally friendly alternative, but even better are walking and cycling as they can keep you in great shape.
Your diet is also another consideration. It's been said that eating less meat and animal products can make a huge dent in the earth's carbon emissions. Moreover, it also makes for better health. It's important to be more mindful of what you consume and perhaps even switch to a healthier diet that serves both your body and the earth.
Make the big shift.
Lastly, there's little doubt that a sustainable life starts in the home, so it's more than wise to consider other ways to live. Homesteading is an interesting choice that's beloved by the eco-friendliest folk. It can be quite compelling as you can cultivate your own land and grow your own food. And while the rural setting provides you with the opportunity to live off the grid away from modern technology and industrialization, you will often be surrounded and supported by like-minded individuals with the same eco-friendly goals as you.
Indeed, when you have the land and the drive to make it happen, homesteading can be a great way to reach your environmentally-focused objectives, from producing your own food to building a root cellar where you can store, pickle, and preserve what you produce. It's a good idea to learn all about homesteading to see if it's the right lifestyle choice for you.
Suffice it to say, there's always room in your life for choices that are sustainable, healthy, and financially sound. So make them for yourself as well as for Mother Earth. Everyone benefits either way.
Written by Ginger Reid of ourpreciousresources.org
John Bloomfield, NewLife Homes
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