10 Ways We Can Help Our Planet Right Now

10 Ways We Can Help Our Planet Right Now

We only have one planet, and it's up to us to take care of it. Unfortunately, humans have a habit of taking advantage of our resources and not thinking about the consequences for future generations. But there is still time to turn things around.

10 Ways We Can Help Our Planet Right Now

We only have one planet, and it's up to us to take care of it. Unfortunately, humans have a habit of taking advantage of our resources and not thinking about the consequences for future generations. But there is still time to turn things around. In this blog post, we will discuss ten ways that you can help our planet right now. These small changes you can make in your daily life will add up and significantly impact the environment. Let's get started!

Photo by NASA

Help End Reliance On Fossil Fuels 

The primary cause of climate change is burning fossil fuels (oil, gas, and coal). When burnt, fossil fuels send carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, warming the planet. So, to stop climate change, we must stop using fossil fuels.
Please write to your local representatives and advise you want them to take action on climate change by supporting alternative, renewable energy sources.
Reconsider reliance on air travel; is travelling by train an option? If you have to fly for work, could some of those meetings be held online instead?
Support organisations working to end our dependence on fossil fuels, such as 350.org by donating time, money or spreading their message. 
Photo by Viktor Kiryanov

Less Meat, More Plants 

Meat production is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation. Reducing the amount of meat you consume directly impacts reducing these harmful effects.

According to the World Wildlife Fund"Beef production is the top driver of deforestation in tropical forests. The forest conversion generates more than doubles that generated by the production of soy, palm oil, and wood products (the second, third, and fourth biggest drivers) combined."

Plant-based diets require less water and land to produce than diets that include meat. They also generate fewer greenhouse gases, and protein-rich foods such as chickpeas, edamame, and tofu are delicious planet-friendly foods.
 Purple hued fruits and vegetables by Photo by Bruna Branco
Photo by Bruna Branco 

Support Renewable Energy Sources

Renewable energy sources like solar and wind power are becoming increasingly popular as we look for ways to move away from fossil fuels. You can support this transition by choosing renewable energy sources for your home or business by switching to a green energy supplier or modifying your home to install solar panels. There may be a government subsidy to have them installed, and you may be able to 'sell back' the energy and offset your utility bill.

 Solar panels on roof by Watt A Lot

Photo by Watt A Lot 


 Consider Recycled, Pre-Loved, or Reused Goods

The manufacturing process for new products requires a lot of energy and resources. By buying recycled products, you are helping reduce the demand for new materials and eliminate waste. You can find recycled options for everything from electronics, clothing, furniture, kitchenware, and jewellery. There are many benefits to buying recycled products; you can get a high-quality product for a lower price, help reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and use less energy at the same time. Suppose you are considering a significant purchase, such as new furniture. Why not head to an online marketplace such as Vinterior, where you can find one-of-a-kind pieces made with quality materials and craftsmanship to suit your budget. If you're looking for a diamond ring for someone special, why not consider buying vintage? You may be able to get more carats and clarity for your budget while preventing your money from supporting damaging environmental and human rights practices. So next time you need something, consider whether there is a recycled option available; you may be pleasantly surprised!

Photo by photo nic


How To Reduce Food Waste 

It is estimated that one-third of all the food produced yearly is wasted. That means that we are throwing away enough food to feed everyone in the world who is hungry! There are many ways to reduce food waste, such as only buying what you need, storing food properly, batch cooking, using leftovers, and composting. You can also donate excess food to a local food bank. Reducing your food waste will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save you money.
Photo by Edward Howell

The Importance of Conserving Water

According to the EPA, the average American family uses over 300 gallons of water daily at home, significantly contributing to electric and carbon footprints. We can reduce our water usage in the house in many ways without considerably changing our lifestyle. Simple things like turning the tap off when brushing your teeth or taking shorter showers can make a big difference. When cooking, only boil the water you need in a kettle or pan. Washing loads of laundry and dishwashing only when you have a full load can also help save water. By making small changes to our daily routines, we can all help to reduce our impact on the environment.

 Photo by Ampersand Creative Co. 

Reducing Energy Use At Home

In the past few decades, there has been a growing awareness of our homes' impact on the environment. Energy consumption in the home accounts for a significant portion of our total carbon footprint, so it's essential to consider ways to reduce our energy use. One way to do this is to ensure our homes are well insulated. Keeping the heat in during the winter and cool air in during the summer can minimise the need for heating and cooling systems, which use a lot of energy and money. Another way to save energy in the home is to use energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs. These products may cost a little more upfront, but they'll save you money on your energy bills in the long run. Finally, simply being aware of our energy usage and taking steps to conserve electricity can go a long way towards saving energy in the home.
Photo by Bolun Yan

Why Buy An Electric Car?

Hybrid and electric cars emit much less pollution than traditional petrol or diesel cars, so they are better for the environment. They also use less fuel, saving you money on running costs. As battery technology improves, hybrid and electric cars become increasingly popular for new car buyers. If you're considering buying a hybrid or electric vehicle, you should keep a few things in mind. First, hybrid and electric cars can cost more than traditional petrol or diesel cars. However, they usually make up for this in fuel savings over time. Second, hybrids and electric vehicles require less maintenance than traditional petrol or diesel cars, saving you money on servicing costs. Finally, hybrids and electric vehicles may be eligible for government incentives, such as tax breaks and subsidies, which can make them more affordable. So if you're looking to save money and help the environment at the same time, buying a hybrid or electric car is a great option!


Photo by Precious Madubuike


How To Make A Difference Every Day

One of the simplest ways to reduce your environmental impact is to use reusable shopping bags instead of disposable plastic bags. Plastic bags are made from petroleum, which is a non-renewable resource. They can take hundreds of years to break down, and in that time, they can pollute our environment and harm wildlife. On the other hand, reusable shopping bags are made from sustainable materials like cotton or jute and can be used repeatedly. They're also much better for the environment because they don't produce pollution or waste. So next time you go to the shops, remember to bring your reusable shopping bag!

 Lemons inside a string shopping bag. Photo by Micheile dot com
Photo by micheile dot com 


Put Your Money Where
Your Ethics Are

It's hugely beneficial to support companies who encourage positive change; not only do they grow in popularity, but it sends a broader message to other companies that consumers prioritise these principles. Many emerging companies prioritise environmentally friendly policies, and established firms integrate this into their existing framework due to customer demand. There are ethical options for almost anything, including ethical banks investing in renewable energy. Visit Good On You to discover environmentally friendly clothing and accessories brands.
 Rocky Mountains by Adam Bouse
Photo by Adam Bouse


These are just a few things you can do to help the environment. We all are responsible for caring for our planet, and every little bit counts. What will you do to make a difference?

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