Reduce your consumption. That would act as a deterrent from having to recycle as much (which is another important lifestyle change). It allows you to use less, decrease water consumption, reduce paper use, and buy less- which in the process saves you money. Everything that one does has an impact on a larger and global scale, and in my opinion I feel that reducing your waste and consumption of raw materials would be a high priority to ensure a positive environmnentally conscious lifestyle change.
Ride a bike instead of driving is another example of how we can help to reduce carbon emissions. Having less kids is an even more important example since humans consume more water and other resources than any other species.
Your question contains the answer, believe it or not – helping the environment is not about a single act, but about an overall lifestyle. It’s about taking the time before virtually every decision to ask yourself, is this hurting or harming the environment? It sounds a little loopy, but it’s true. Obviously before making purchases like automobiles or home appliances, you can make a choice that’s beneficial for the environment … but also in your daily habits, like whether or not you recycle, how much water you waste, and whether you buy local goods when shopping for groceries or other items.
It’s not an answer people like to talk much about, or are willing to do, but choosing to have children has an enormous effect on the environment. Every new person needs more food, clothes, transportation.
Think about ALL products that you buy…from coffee to timber…and where they come from, how they are grown or produced, etc. Look around at the things that surround you and ask yourself: where did they come from and where will they end up? Think CONSERVATION, PRESERVATION, and RECYCLE at all times. Are your consumer choices sustainable? If everyone made the same choices, would the world be a better or worse place? Think of yourself as an ambassador of change. Lead by example, stay informed, choose wisely.
Here are the top 5, and the order of importance is debatable:
1) Boycott goods made by environmentally unfriendly companies. Do not buy them, encourage others not to buy them, and explain why they shouldn’t be used. Industrial waste is the biggest contributer to greenhouse gas emissions.
2) Eat a vegan diet both to protect animals and to boycott the environmental waste caused by the meat and dairy industry.
3) Use only biodegradable soaps, cleaners, and detergents in order to keep your community’s groundwater clean. Anything that goes down your drain or into the ground should be 100% biodegradable.
4) Recycle or reuse everything you possibly can, and don’t buy items that are not recyclable.
5) Consume less and use less overall, especially electricity and water, as these are limited resources. Consuming less will also produce less garbage.
My answer is here,I see. Becoming vegan. All of the fertilizers and pesticides and herbicides used in agriculture and also the soil erosion they cause and the toxic heavy metals they put into the environment take a toll that cannot be measured. The water resources it takes to grow the crops that feed animals in the food chain is enormous and these resources account for the biggest use than the resources it takes in all of the other combined agricultural resources that are used in all of the non-animal food production. And all of the acres used to feed animals in the foodchain,to feed one hundred people the meat from animals,the same agricultural resources would feed one-thousand people,if they were eating grown(or vegan)food,and not meat. Vegan lifestyle is not only diet but also extends to other choices,like all products(soap,shampoo,make-up,all body and home cleaning products)that don’t contain animal products(animal-derived ingredients)or use animal testing. Also not wearing skins (leather,lamb skin,suede,etc)or fur. Not only basic resources are used in huge amounts to keep animals in the foodchain,but the transporting the resources,all of the extra harvesting. Making all of the agricultural chemicals(pesticide,herbicide and fertilizer)all of the constant refrigeration,transporting the animals,disposing of the carcasses(even the burnt bones of animals are used to turn cane sugar,which is naturally a caramel or amber color,into the white sugar that is made from cane sugar,which can be bought as raw or turbinado sugar. So even white sugar,if it is made from cane sugar,is not vegan because it has the white bone-ash,from dead and incinerated animal bones,in it. White sugar doesn’t need to be white but it is a cheap filler in sugar and a way to dispose of the pollution which would exist if mountains of animal ash were left as refuse. 56 billion animals are slaughtered every year. This would create amazing health hazards and mountains of pollution (which it likely does anyway,if not one way,then another). And all of this,from the food it takes to feed these poor animals,which are only born to be killed and consumed,to transporting them and refrigerating them and also the mountains of frozen meat-foods that are made from meat and milk which must be removed from the shelf.
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