Lifestyle change for the environment

Posted: September 30, 2011 in Features...

(Posted from Smartschool homepage)

Considering the current situation of our environment, the need for action is very much clear. The problem is big but each of us can contribute to a better earth by simply changing the way we live. Giving up some of our practices and habits is a simple sacrifice we can do as responsible stewards of the environment.

Here are some of the lifestyle adjustments you and your family can do for the environment:

  • Eat less meat to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from producing animal feeds and importation; as well as other environmental problems such as habitat destruction.
  • Think before you buy anything!
  • Use bags instead of plastic or paper when buying groceries.
  • Segregate waste.
  • Re-use and recycle.
  • Practice composting.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Use organic and eco-friendly products.
  • Use public transportation instead of private vehicles.
  • Travel green. Fly less. Plan your trips and keep tourist places clean and green.

When choosing activities to do during your free time, also be kind to the environment. Here are some suggestions you can do during weekends, semestral break, and summer vacation.

For semestral breaks. Rent a traditional house in the province, one that uses eco-friendly and organic cleaning products. It is ideal to stay in a place where there are acres of hillside fields around or a barn.

For summer vacation. There are a lot of environment-friendly activities you may try during summer. You may join cycling groups or go camping or hiking with your family or friends. If you wish to spend your summer in a beach, rent a house with 20 minute-proximity to the beach to save fuel and the environment. You may also visit places that offer a good view for sight-seeing and nature appreciation.

For foodlovers over the weekend. Consume food produced locally to reduce your carbon footprint. In the long run, if we continue to support our local products, we reduce the demand for importation which would save transportation costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For other tips on how to be gentle with the environment, check out The Green Guide. Share the pro-environment tips you know to your family and friends. Influence others to change their lifestyle for the environment!

Sources:

Hickman, Leo. “What’s the one lifestyle change I could make that would have the most positive environmental impact?” Retrieved April 25, 2010 from
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/10/lifestyle-change-environmental-impact
“How to have an eco-savvy summer.” Retrieved April 25, 2010 from
http://www.thegreenguide.com/summer
Katz, Liane. “0:10 travel: Low-carbon holidays for 2010.” Retrieved April 25, 2010 from
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2009/dec/31/10-10-travel-low-carbon-holidays?page=all

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