We are so incredibly blessed to call Earth our home. I’m glad that more people are becoming aware of the issue of climate change, but awareness isn’t enough. There are more things we can do to help conserve and appreciate our environment. Here are some of the things I do to minimize the negative impact I have on the environment:
- Over the past year I have tried to stop myself from buying clothes from “fast fashion” stores such as Forever 21, H&M, and Zara. Besides the terrible conditions that the foreign manufacturing workers are forced to deal with, fast fashion products are not sustainable. Every season, factories mass produce cheap clothing items for new fashion trends. Anything that doesn’t sell after each season gets thrown out and piles up in our landfills. It’s hard to avoid getting swept up by every new trend, but the effect these trends have on our environment is the bigger issue. In order to stop supporting fast fashion, I started to thrift more at local resale shops, Goodwill, and Savers. Thrifting not only gives wearable clothes a second chance, but it’s also super fun to walk into a store and not know what you’re going to find.
- If you want to learn more about fast fashion I highly recommend checking out the documentary, The True Cost (on Netflix).
Visit National Parks
- When I pay to go to parks, it’s almost always a National Park. I think it’s important to support our National Parks in every way that we can. Over the past year I have visited the Grand Canyon, the Sequoia Forest, and many other state parks and beaches. Visiting these places not only helps fund the protection and maintenance of the parks but it also gives you a greater appreciation of Earth and its natural beauty.
- Some other parks on my bucket list are: Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park, Big Bend National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park.
Public transit and carpooling
- Going to the city is one of my favorite things to do and I’m lucky to be near public transit that will take me there. Instead of driving to the city every time, I choose to ride the train. Utilize the resources that are already available to you. Besides, trains and carpooling are more fun anyway.
Being a Vegan
- I wrote a few posts about veganism, but I’m not kidding when I say that the animal industry is a huge contributing factor of climate change. The cattle/dairy industry alone is the cause of deforestation (need acres to raise the cattle and grow the corn that feeds the cattle), mass consumption of water (for cattle), and methane emissions (worse than CO2 emissions from transportation vehicles).
Limiting the use of resources
- There are little things you can do at home and at school to avoid wasting resources. If you don’t already, PLEASE turn the faucet off when you’re brushing your teeth. Letting the water run for your convenience wastes water and your money! Whether you’re in the shower or bath, just be aware of the amount of water you’re using. (This also goes for leaving lights on)
- Unless I absolutely have to buy my textbooks for school, I choose to rent or purchase the e-book version of my textbooks. College textbooks come out with new versions almost every year, wasting and killing so many trees. If the new version isn’t required, I’ll always try to find an older version because they’re usually way cheaper and are still usable!
We should treat everyday as an Earth Day or Environment Day, so let’s do our part!