The answer is a resounding “YES!”, and if one has ever been to a large wholesale food distributor like Sam’s Club or Costco, it would be reasonable to have disbelief that your individual lifestyle decisions could make a dent in the food system for the better.
Thousands, potentially millions of people across the country at any given second, waiting in line for a tasting of the latest microwavable Asian-fusion mystery meat dumping can be both disheartening and deliciously alluring.
And in our global and domestic news feeds, we see so many very “un-fake” climate change news stories that could leave even the biggest optimist a tad listless.
However no need to fret, numbers do add up and action has an impact. One, two, three, climate, health and sustainability enthusiasts can make a change.
Here is a list of everyday things that we all can do to make life just a little bit better for our Earth Mom and everyone that resides on her.
No single-use plastics:
Plastics cause pollution and mercilessly invade our waterways causing harm to wildlife. Re-useable water bottles made of glass, metal or recycled and recyclable plastics are the way to go.
Car Share/Car-Pool/Drive an electric car:
Fewer carbon emissions in our atmosphere from incessant driving on city streets and rural highways mean more clean oxygen for everyone to breath. We need that.
Eat More Plants:
We know, Meatless Mondays have been a thing for a few years now but have you tried going meat-free/dairy-free/processed food-free on the rest of the days yet? Eating more plants is great for animals but it’s also amazing for your health.
Support Your Local Farmer:
Shopping at farmer’s markets builds the sustainability of your micro-economy by putting local consumer dollars back into local business owner’s hands. Most small farmers these days grow organically as well, so you are supporting your health by eating their beautifully grown produce.
Cook at home and eat with friends and family:
Making your own food builds community and stabilizes family units while instilling positive social interaction and self-care behaviors. It’s also cheaper than going out to eat.
Each and every one of the tips above can positively impact the health of our Earth and Climate for generations to come. The numbers add up and when we all pitch in we all can make a change.