How To Severely Reduce Your Impact on the Environment
Virtually everyone understands that we can’t keep doing what we’re doing and expect the earth to be in good shape in the future.
Something needs to change.
While there are things that’ll have to change at a broad, social level, it’s also important to remember that it’s up to us as individuals to do our part, too.
If everyone makes positive changes to their relationship with the earth, then the future will look much brighter!
There’s a lot more you can do than simply switching off lights when you’re not using them. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most impactful things you can do.
Things that will ensure you’re very much an eco-conscious citizen. Ready? Let’s get started.
Reconsider Your Lifestyle
To begin, you should take a look at how much of an impact your current lifestyle has on the planet. Most people have no idea! You can do this by just making an honest assessment of your current lifestyle
Only then you can make a judgment on the size of your carbon footprint.
Once you have that information, you’ll be able to look at making some changes. There’s nearly always a way to shift a lifestyle towards being more eco-friendly.
It’s just that, first, you’ll need to know where your faults are.
You can do things that’ll reduce your eco-impact on a short-term basis. But it’s also recommended to think in terms of your long-term future.
Some of the best decisions we can make are the ones that’ll continue to have an impact many decades into the future.
For example, you could decide to install solar panels at your home, or you could look into the aquamation for when you die.
These things and more are long-term solutions to a long-term problem. They will most definitely nudge your eco-credentials in the right direction!
Reduce Your Desires
One of the issues with climate change is that many of us want to continue living the exact same way but in an environmentally friendly way.
The issue is that, with some things, that’s just not possible.
For instance, there’s really no environmentally friendly way to travel halfway around the world (quickly, at least).
If you want to have a positive impact on the world, then you may need to accept that you can’t have everything. At least not at all times.
A quieter, more relaxed lifestyle may be necessary.
You can and should do everything you can to reduce your eco-footprint. But it’s important to remember that it won’t be enough if only you do those things.
It’s a good starting point, but really only the starting point!
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One of the best ways to enhance your impact is to begin educating others. There are a lot of people who only have a vague idea of what climate change is or how they can make a difference.
If you can subtly inspire them to make a change themselves, then your impact could be significant.
Do you have any ideas on how to reduce your impact on the environment?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.