The choices we make in our day-to-day life like how we get around, what we eat, how we live etc play a major role in slowing climate change. You can reduce emissions through simple actions like changing a light bulb, powering down electronics, using less water, and recycling. These are some of the ways to go green in daily life. Even if you make slight changes in your lifestyle it can make a huge impact on our planet.
1. Green your commute
Walk, cycle or take transit whenever you can. You’ll save money and get into better shape. If you can’t go car-free, try carpooling or car sharing, and use the smallest, most fuel-efficient vehicle possible.
2. Be energy efficient
Change light bulbs to compact fluorescents or LEDs. Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use. Wash clothes in cold or warm (not hot) water. Dryers are energy hogs, so hang dry when you can. Install a programmable thermostat.
3. Choose renewable power
Ask your utility to switch your account to clean, renewable power, such as from wind farms.
4. Eat wisely
Buy organic and locally grown foods. Avoid processed items. Grow some of your own food. And eat low on the food chain at least one meat-free meal a day since 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy production.
5. Trim your waste
Garbage buried in landfills produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Keep stuff out of landfills by composting kitchen scraps and garden trimmings, and recycling paper, plastic, metal and glass.
6. Let polluters pay
Carbon taxes make polluting activities more expensive and green solutions more affordable, allowing energy-efficient businesses and households to save money.
7. Fly less
Air travel leaves behind a huge carbon footprint. Before you book your next airline ticket, consider greener options such as buses or trains, or try vacationing closer to home.
8. Get informed
Follow the latest news about climate change.
9. Get involved
Take a few minutes to contact your political representatives and the media to tell them you want immediate action on climate change. Remind them that reducing greenhouse gas emissions will also build healthier communities, spur economic innovation and create new jobs. And next time you’re at the polls, vote for politicians who support effective climate policies.