Setting a Green Example


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As the potential effects of climate change become more grim, it is important to do what you can to help the environment.

In case you have not heard yet, the Earth is pretty much doomed. Earlier this year, news reports stated that 1 million species are expected to go extinct due to humans. With record breaking natural disasters happening regularly, I believe we have long since reached the point that you can no longer deny climate change. I get it. It’s scary, but we have to do better. Humans are amazing creatures capable of remarkable things. However, we are nothing without  Mother Nature. 

A mother supports, encourages and nourishes her children, and when you lose that, you lose everything. Mother Nature is no different than a familial mother in this sense. We have to take care of our parents, and we have to take care of the Earth. While we wait for the government to decide that protecting the environment is more important than preventing panic, because we should be panicking, here are some steps we can all take to be more Eco-friendly.

1. Unplug and turn off electronics when not using them

2. Buy a reusable water bottle – and use it

3. Shop for produce at local markets and farmers markets

4. Start using reusable shopping bags

5. Recycle

6. Donate to or volunteer with Green Initiatives

7. Make your own natural cleaning products

8. Use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets

9. Invest in a reusable straw

10. Watch these Ted Talks for some inspiration: 

Why I Live a Zero Waste Life: Lauren Singer

The Non-Disposable Life: Lindsay Miles

Going Green: Tips for a Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Haley Higdon

How To Live a Plastic-Free Life: Alexis McGivern

What if we Refuse Trash?: Andrea Sanders

Why Plastic Pollution is Personal: Natalie Fee

Cut The Crap: Waste is History: Kristine Ullaland