If you’re worried about the future of the planet and the human race, you’re not alone. Climate change stands to be the defining cause of several generations, increasingly pushing people to seek ways to live without destructively draining the Earth’s resources, and the time to act is now.
But how do you live a more sustainable lifestyle? Here are some tips on how you can turn your life around and start contributing to a healthier future for everyone:
Cut down on your utility use
Energy production relies heavily on the unsustainable burning of fossil fuels, so the more electricity and gas you use, the worse it is for the environment. If you really think about your average day, you’ll probably realise that you can significantly cut back on how much energy you use.
For instance, do you turn on the heating when you feel a chill? Why not put on some more layers instead? If you tend to leave devices on when you’re out of a room (or even out of the house), then get into the habit of turning things off when you’re not using them. It’ll also save you money — and if you really struggle to cut back on your electricity use, consider investing in a solar panel setup to reduce your reliance on fossil fuels.
Grow your own produce
Buying produce from stores adds energy consumption to the process, because it takes energy to package, transport and store it for public purchase. Many grocery staples don’t need to be acquired that way — instead, they can be grown at home quite cheaply and easily.
Growing your own fruit and vegetables is relaxing and satisfying, and it ultimately saves a lot of energy. Also, the more heavily your diet consists of fruit and vegetables (as opposed to meat, in particular), the more sustainable your eating habits will be.
Drive only when you need to
While electric cars are becoming more common, most cars still run on petrol or diesel, making them massive consumers of fossil fuels. Consider that you don’t need to drive everywhere. You’ll surely have some regular trips that you could walk, or even cycle — and if powered travel can’t be avoided, you can carpool, or take public transport.
If you live in a city area, you could even do away with your car entirely. Using a mixture of walking, cycling and taking public transport is much better for the environment and much better for your personal health and flexibility.
Buy from ethical brands
It isn’t practical to completely isolate yourself from consumerism — you might not have the skills or resources to live off the grid, and it isn’t necessary to take such extreme steps to meaningfully contribute to environmental efforts. There’s a lot of value in making a commitment to buying only from ethical brands.
Ethical brands clearly state their policies for using green energy and cutting down on waste. They pay fair wages, don’t exploit workers, and invest in long-term operations instead of cutting corners for fast profit. They also further the awareness of environmental issues. When buying clothing, for instance, here are some ethical fashion brands to consider.
Living a more sustainable life doesn’t need to be extremely difficult. By making these simple changes to your routine, you can start making a difference.