Earth Day passed without the usual parades and tree planting festivities this year.
There are still a plethora of ways you can protect the environment from the confines of your home.
As the impacts of global warming are becoming more apparent, now is a great time to do your part in protecting the environment.
Cut back on beef consumption
According to the World Resources Institute, global animal agriculture accounts for 13-18% of greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S. it accounts for 3%. Beef production requires more resources than other meat such as chicken or fish. In addition, cows produce methane while other animals don’t. Cutting back on your meat consumption may not be the most effective thing you can do, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Plant a garden
Wouldn’t it be so much easier just to pick fresh fruits & veggies from your backyard rather than going to your local grocery store? Aside from convenience, production & transportation of the produce you find in your local grocer contributes to global warming. In the United States, agriculture accounts for 9% of greenhouse gas emissions. Staying at home gives you plenty of time to care for a beginner vegetable garden-- even if you just start with a couple of herbs. If you can’t plant a garden, the second-best option is shopping at a local farmer’s market.
Spend some of your free time trying to consider how you can reduce how much waste you use. Familiarize yourself with recycling guidelines, invest in reusable containers and water bottles and compost any unused food. If you start developing waste-conscious habits now, you’ll be more likely to keep them when life returns to some semblance of normal.
Cut back on utility use.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring, aside from the occasional snow shower. As temperatures warm-up, you can turn your heater down. Instead of using your AC, open your windows and let some fresh air in. Although the sun may be hidden behind the clouds, turn your lights off and open your blinds instead of leaving your lights on. Non-renewable resources accounted for 82% of electricity generation in 2019 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Cut back on water use
While an abundance of free time may be putting you in the mood for an extra-long shower, resist the urge! While 97% of the earth may be covered in water, only 0.5% of the available water is available for consumption, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. While the availability of water may seem endless when it comes out of your tap, it’s a finite resource. Water conservation can lessen the impact of future droughts and water shortages and guards against future price hikes and political conflicts of water resources.