Stop Climate Change Carbon Footprint

As Mike Quigley says, "Climate change is not just about carbon dioxide levels and melting polar ice caps. It is about our public health and protecting our Earth for future generations." We must change our ways before it is too late. Even the smallest tweaks to our everyday lives can improve the conditions of the Earth.


Cut Down On Animal Products

https://media.giphy.com/media/XncE2zmvthjyg/giphy.gif

We all love ice cream, but by cutting out dairy and meat from your diet, the environment benefits tremendously. 14% of greenhouse gas emissions are from animal agriculture. Additionally, cows produce between 70-120 kg of methane, which is a greenhouse gas 23 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. If completely eliminating animal products is unrealistic, try to go vegan once a week.

Don't Use Plastic Bags.

https://media.giphy.com/media/l46CyZ8uIWe10mc0w/giphy.gif

Use eco-friendly canvas bags for shopping at grocery stores. Plastic is not biodegradable, meaning it cannot be broken down by microorganisms, leading to the accumulation of plastic in the environment. Marine life often mistake plastic as food, which can cost their life. Plastic accumulation in oceans directly affects humans because it contaminates seafood, which can take a toll on our health.

Unplug The Charger.

https://media.giphy.com/media/w61NUc9wVBAZi5PUOY/giphy.gif

We are all guilty of leaving our phone plugged to a charger even after it reaches 100%. Keep in mind, electricity is generated from fossil fuels, so overcharging your phone or leaving a charger plugged to the wall can drastically increase your carbon footprint without you even realizing. When you leave your charger plugged to the wall without using it, electricity is still drained. Shockingly, 95% of the energy is wasted when the charger is plugged to the wall without charging a device.

Buy Second-Hand Clothes.

https://media.giphy.com/media/ehzXgGpiOPRzG/giphy.gif

Fast fashion is the second largest polluter in the world; it is responsible for 10% of carbon emissions. Manufacturing a pair of jeans requires 2000 gallons of water, and textile dyeing is the second largest cause of pollution. Visiting a thrift-shop or Poshmark will save you money and conserve Earth's resources.

Turn Off Air Conditioning, And Open The Windows Instead.

https://media.giphy.com/media/HKl5QYQF5aOdO/giphy.gif

Air conditioning from American homes generates an estimated 100 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. Turning off air conditioning on a hot summer day can be tough, but try to do so whenever possible. Enjoy the wind's natural breeze instead.

Cut Down Paper Use

Take notes on a laptop instead of using paper, and when using paper make sure it is recycled. The paper industry is a huge contributer to deforestation. Cutting down on paper not only saves trees but also reduces carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, increases oxygen and biodiversity.

Turn Off Lights

Use natural light during the day to light up your house. During the night, light a candle or use electricity very sparsely. 27.5% of greenhouse gas emissions are from electricity production.

Metal Straw and Cup

You have probably heard this one everywhere.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Lifestyle

Founders Of Color Q&A: Yarlap's MaryEllen Reider On Destigmatizing Women's Health

The father-daughter duo co-founded the brand and has since generated a passionate, dedicated community of women.

MaryEllen Reider

I was lucky enough to meet MaryEllen Reider over a decade ago as a fellow freshman in college. Since then, I had the luxury of being able to witness her evolution from the faithful companion I went to my first job fair with to the woman who is now a pioneer in destigmatizing the portrayal of women's reproductive health.

Keep Reading... Show less

My favorite Editor was feeling under the weather yesterday. All I wanted was to make her a vegan iced matcha latte. With distance forbidding it, I instead decided to write up this quick, easy recipe. I made it to be vegan and organic for optimal health benefits.

Matcha green tea is made from grounded green tea leaf and it comes with the most antioxidant boost ever.

Keep Reading... Show less

This coffee brand is USDA organic. Newman's Own Keurig coffee flavors are all organic. They have French Roast, Decaf, and a Special Blend. I'm in a committed relationship with the French Roast flavor. The smell alone from dispensing 1 cup of coffee sets a whole cafe jazz vibe.

I'm already relaxed when I smell the coffee all ready for dressing. The way I make my coffee is simple and sweet, literally. I add a spoon of organic brown sugar and a splash of organic almond vanilla milk. This cup of coffee has changed my life forever. I have never been so productive in my life and I truly believe it's because the coffee is organic.

Keep Reading... Show less

These organic, cruelty-free skincare products are great for hot, sweaty summers. I use them every day, so you will find my honest opinion about them all. I highly recommend using organic products because they are least likely to be harmful to your body.

This may seem like an extra step when it comes to your beauty routine, but it's really easy. These 5 products could be the start of your next beauty venture.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

These 5 Black Handbag Designers Should Be On Every Accessory Lover's Radar

With the push to support more Black-owned businesses, we've put together a list of Black owned handbag designers.

Ever since the current upheaval of societal silence happening in the country caused by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, there has been a bigger push for people to support Black-owned businesses.

Granted, there are a lot fo Black-owned businesses to support, it just takes time to find them. With that being said, fashion is a sector, just like any sector really, in a culture that still has people of color calling out for more diversity.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Feel A Lil' Better: Because Therapy Dogs Aren't Just Cute, They're Working

Your weekly wellness boost from Odyssey.

No matter how good (or bad) you'd describe your health, one thing is for sure: a little boost is ALWAYS a good idea. Whether that's reading a new, motivating book, or listening to a song that speaks to your soul, there are plenty of resources to help your health thrive on any given day.

There are many different ways people overcome obstacles in their lives. Thankfully, the stigma surrounding therapy is slowly (but surely) slipping away and we're opening up about our problems and needs. For some, a good workout is just as relaxing. Others are learning how meditation can be a helpful tool in their mental health journey.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments