Climate Actions

SHIFT YOUR FOOD HABITS TO LOWER YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT!

Shifting your food habits can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint. Reducing the amount of food you waste and eating a plant-rich diet could be the most high impact lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your carbon emissions. Check out these great resources for shifting to more climate-friendly eating, then decide on any changes you’d like to make that will be easy to stick to.

Here’s an excellent website with tips, inspiration, and recipes for preventing wasted food:

RESOURCES FOR REDUCING FOOD WASTE

Here’s an informative and useful guide from the New York Times that answers lots of questions about food choices and climate:

FOOD AND CLIMATE Q&A

Note to those who are not vegan or vegetarian: there are many food shifts you can make without giving up animal products that will benefit the climate. The New York Times article is full of useful comparisons and information about this.

REDUCE YOUR TRAVEL IMPACTS ON THE CLIMATE!

Travel allows many of us to connect with our loved ones and enrich our experiences on this beautiful planet. Yet we know that traveling contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Here are some resources and ideas on how to reduce your travel impacts on the climate.

5 ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your travel:

  1. Consider buses or trains for short trips (under 500 miles).
  2. When you fly, choose nonstop economy.
  3. For 1 or 2 travelers, nonstop economy flights beat driving an average car.
  4. For car trips, drive the most efficient car possible and avoid SUVs.
  5. Buy carbon offsets your travel.

Two good carbon offset choices:

SEEDS FOR THE SOL     TERRAPASS

Here are three useful resources on ways to lessen your climate impact and continue to explore:

The Ocean Foundation: How to reduce your carbon footprint when you travel

Sustainable Travel International: How to reduce the carbon footprint of your travels

Washington Post, 9/10/21, How to actually make your travel better for the planet

 

HELP SAVE FORESTS BY SWITCHING TO RECYCLED PAPER PRODUCTS!

The Canadian boreal forest is the largest intact forest in the world, holding immense value for the climate, Indigenous Peoples, and other species. Yet this irreplaceable forest is under severe threat from logging, much of which is used for tissue pulp for the U.S. market.

There is a much better alternative! According to NRDC, “tissue products made from recycled materials are far more sustainable because they do not rely on clearcutting forests and they emit one-third the greenhouse gases as tissue products made from virgin fiber.”

Take action by switching to Green ForestSeventh Generation, or other recycled brands. Use the scorecard below to choose more climate-friendly paper products that don’t contribute to the destruction of virgin Canadian boreal forests:

LEARN MORE FROM NRDC URGE CHARMIN TO SWITCH TO RECYCLED FIBER

PLEDGE TO VOTE FOR THE CLIMATE!

The climate needs your vote! Not just in presidential elections, but in small elections too. By signing this pledge to vote, created by the Environmental Voter Project, you voice your commitment to be a consistent voter, and you’ll get reminders before every election!

PLEDGE TO VOTE FOR THE CLIMATE!

Why is this pledge important? (from the Environmental Voter Project)

  1. Environmentalists don’t vote as often as they should. When you sign this pledge, you’re sending a loud message that you’re going to start voting your values.
  2. We’ll send you reminders to help you show up to every election. Studies have shown that these simple, free reminders can help you be a much more consistent voter.
  3. Are you already a perfect voter? Please sign the pledge anyway! The more people who pledge to vote, the easier it is to convince others to join you!