Global warming and climate change bring fossil fuels and deforestation into mind! The big issues! Being environmentally conscious is not just about avoiding plastic bags or disposable cups. It’s a lifestyle that leads to a better future and mindset!
Do you ever wonder how your day-to-day life affects the planet?
Quite literally, our daily choices, very small ones, affect our success as a species. Whether we fail our home planet or not!
Every bit counts, every bit helps, and bit by bit, we can bring change!
In this article, we will discuss the 11 steps to an environmentally conscious lifestyle that actually work.
Being environmentally conscious is about being aware of the consequences. We, as humans, have a responsibility towards the Earth. An environmentally conscious person understands that responsibility and helps protect the environment.
Our daily lives involve various ventures like travel, meals, shopping, etc. To live environmentally conscious, you need to make a lot of small (and big) changes.
Let’s take a look at a few simple ways to live environmentally conscious.
Do you know how much you can help the environment by making a few small changes in your everyday life?
Your day-to-day activities are responsible for a lot of waste that can be avoided.
Let’s begin with small good habits for a big change!
Recycling is an excellent way to reduce pollution, conserve energy, and resources. The process involves cleaning and sorting your daily trash into various categories. The trash is then either recycled at home or sent to a recycling facility.
Most communities have recycling centers to recycle plastics, pacers, metal, and glass. Extra clothes, appliances, etc can be donated to a nearby charity. You can also donate old computers rather than recycling, but make sure to dispose of the old Li-ion batteries properly.
The leftovers from your food can be used to make compost. It prevents you from wasting organic matter and provides a natural fertilizer for your garden. Compost may include leaves, fruits, and vegetables, coffee grounds, and eggshells.
If you don’t have a home garden, then donate the compost materials to a school or community garden nearby!
With the rise of fast fashion in the late 1900s, people have started to buy more. The clothes are inexpensive, are not produced responsibly, and eventually, end up in landfills.
Treat yourself to something expensive that will last. You deserve better and so does the planet!
There are several ways to reduce your fashion footprint. Here are a few to get you started:
A discussion on climate change is incomplete without your carbon footprint!
Reducing your carbon footprint is the first step towards an environmentally conscious lifestyle.
To reduce your carbon footprint, here are a few simple things that you can do:
Globally, almost 78% of greenhouse gas emissions from human activity are from the production and use of energy.
You can’t stop using energy, but you can cut down your electricity usage and the electric bill!
It’s very easy to save energy. Here are a few simple and effective ways:
Your impact on the environment goes beyond the real world and into the digital one! Use technology but leave an environmentally conscious digital footprint.
Let’s discuss a few ways to be environmentally conscious of your digital footprint:
Sounds weird, right?
It’s good to eat healthier, but what does it have to do with being environmentally conscious?
Healthier eating habits can help the environment in various ways. Here are a few changes to your plate for an environmentally conscious lifestyle:
Water is an invaluable resource. One that we (think that we) have in abundance.
Only a few simple changes in your water usage routine can save a lot:
Looking beautiful is your right, but don’t forget about the planet in the process. Go for a green brand to get the most out of your money, beauty, and duty!
Solar energy is another great step towards an environmentally conscious life. In most places, solar energy is abundant. You can install a solar system to conserve energy and reduce your electricity bill at the same time.
It’s a bit expensive, to begin with, but efficient in the long run!
Gardening is the best part of being environmentally conscious. Not only does it help clean the air and help the planet, but it also helps you. Spending time with plants is excellent for your mental health.
Do you know how much solid waste we generate each year?
2.01 billion tonnes!
Yes, we generate a whopping 2.01 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste globally, each year.
Garbage that goes into the landfills takes years to decompose. Something as small as styrofoam can take up to 500 years. Based on the composition and volume of the overall garbage, about 1.6 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent GHG emissions were generated in 2016.
It’s important to be environmentally conscious because that’s the natural way to be. It’s our ethical responsibility as citizens of the Earth to preserve the environment.
Being environmentally conscious may sound too much at first. But, once you get used to it, there’s nothing more natural!
Being environmentally conscious doesn’t mean all work and no fun!
There are various healthy activities that you can engage in, and have a great time!
What’s great about eco-friendly activities is that they’re also great for your physical and mental health.
Here are a few fun eco-friendly activities ideas:
It’s never too late to be environmentally conscious. Whether you’re 9 or 90, start a lifestyle that makes you proud of yourself. This is bigger than all of us.
The first step towards an environmentally conscious lifestyle is by choosing to stay informed. As you become more environmentally conscious, choose to sign a petition, it only takes a few minutes. Additionally, donating to a charity can change someone’s life (and yours!).
Choose one simple tip from this list and add it to your routine. We know it’s not exactly easy, but nothing worth fighting for ever is! A healthier and happier Earth awaits on the other side!
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