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5 New Ways to Love the Earth Every Day

I bet you think this blog is going to be about recycling. Spoiler alert: it’s not! (But that’s a good way to love the earth, too.) There are tons of ways we all contribute to showing our love for Mother Nature everyday, such as conserving water, reusing food containers, taking back our bottles, and buying hybrids.

But what else can we do to make a larger impact?

Doing the things I mentioned above is fantastic, but there are other things you can do that will garner the most bang for your buck–things that make a massive impact, but take no time at all.

Here are 5 new ways to love the earth every single day:

Go Vegan

Yep–this is the number one thing you can do to support your environment and planetary health. The amount of methane that’s produced by farmed cattle is 25 times more than what we breathe out in carbon dioxide. That’s crazy!

In the 2006 report (Livestock’s Long Shadow) released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, it states that “the livestock sector is a major stressor on many ecosystems and on the planet as a whole. Globally, it is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases and one of the leading causal factors in the loss of biodiversity, while in developed and emerging countries it is perhaps the leading source of water pollution.” (1)

So consider incorporating a vegan diet into your weekly meal plans–you’d be literally saving the planet. Like a superhero.

If you need some recipe ideas, visit my Recipes page.

Wear Kindness

Do you know where your clothes came from, or how they are made? Most of us don’t, and that’s okay. But if you truly want to do everything you can for Mother Nature, you should probably try and purchase environmentally-friendly clothing.

So what exactly is environmentally-friendly clothing?

Clothing that falls under this term is usually made from recycled materials, and is locally produced. This way, you support recycling and locally-made goods all in one. (Local is great, because it means that limited fossil fuels were used in shipping the clothing from another area of the world to yours.)

Brown is the New Green

In terms of grass, that is. Each year, billions or litres of water is used to keep conventional lawns lush and green. But what for? Aesthetics only? Umm…yep! So why not convince your neighbours that the amount of water used is harmful, and if everyone rallies together, your neighbourhood can rock the brown and do its part for the planet?

You’ve been officially challenged!

Support Local

This small switch in grocery brand preference has an incredible impact on our climate. Think about the amount of fossil fuels it takes every single day to truck loads of food across the country. Better yet, think of everything that’s flown and shipped!

By choosing to support locally made goods as opposed to ones that require extensive travel, you’re singlehandedly cutting back on unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions–and that’s amazing.

Plant Some Wildflowers

Want to support the recent ‘save the bees’ campaign? It’s as easy as helping them eat. Chemical components such as pesticides have made an enormously negative impact on the world’s bee population. This is a serious issue, because without bees, we don’t have food.

Period. Like, any food.

Start this summer by planting a variety of wildflowers in and around your home, or even a flower-free field! Bees need their food in order for us to be able to harvest ours. By planting wildflowers, you’re doing the entire world a big, amazing favour.


By Jennifer Browne


Reference

(1) Livestock’s Long Shadow

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